“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others.” 2 Cor. 5:10-11a. (ESV)
We may not like to think about it, but a clear theme in the teaching of our Lord is that we will be held responsible for what we do after becoming a believer. Not only are we to put off sin, we are called to follow Him.
In other words, the Lord has expectations for each of us.
As Eph. 2:10 makes clear, God has prepared certain individual ministry works for each of us to engage in. Today’s verse tells us that every believer will one day face Jesus Christ to give an account of what they have done with their life after coming to faith.
If we fail to engage in the works God has given us, we will experience His disappointment at this future judgment. We won’t lose our salvation, but His pleasure in us will be tempered.
At first we might resist the idea that we can disappoint Jesus. But if we stop and think about it, if we have the possibility of pleasing Jesus, we must also have the equal potential to disappoint Him.
The fear of the Lord and His future judgment should not be our entire motivation for following Him, but it should be part of it. The Lord does not want us to fret and worry about whether we are engaging in the works He has planned for us.
He has promised to show us those works.
Therefore, we will miss those works only if we refuse to follow His leading. That refusal to follow His clear lead will be the basis for His judgment against us.
So, our responsibility is straightforward and simple.
We should daily place ourselves at the foot of His throne and offer ourselves to Him. Then as He leads…we follow.
We don’t say no.
We don’t say later.
We simply say yes…and let the adventure begin.
Prayer- Lord show me today what works You want me to do…so that I may bring You pleasure!