Now and Then
we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one
may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done,
whether good or bad.
(2 Corinthians 5:10)
The notable seventeenth-century English scientist Sir Isaac Newton said
in his third law of motion that every action has an equal and opposite
reaction. Generalizing, we could say that nothing happens in a vacuum;
every action produces a reaction or result of some sort.
apostle Paul said that every Christian is a member, or part, of the
body of Christ. As such, the actions (or lack of actions) of any one
part influence every other part.
New Testament also says that every Christian will stand before the
judgment seat of Christ one day to have our words (Matthew 12:36) and our deeds (1 Corinthians 3:13) judged. Everything we do now will create a response then. We do not live our spiritual life in a vacuum; there are no hidden words or deeds in God's sight.
We know Christ is coming again. We know He is going to examine our life
for the purpose of giving rewards. Therefore, we ought to live every
moment of life as if we are living in His very presence -- living now in
order to hear Him say, "Well done" (Matthew 25:21).
Today, let us rise and go to our work. Tomorrow, we shall rise and go to our reward.
But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones,
wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the
Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire
will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built
survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the
builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one
escaping through the flames.
(I Corinthians 3:12-15)
master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been
faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.
Come and share your master’s happiness!’