The Gift of Today – April 11 – The Judgment Seat of Christ

Father, please help us today to do the good works that You have prepared in advance for us to do! Cause us to do them for YOUR glory and not our own, that we might store our treasures in heaven. Each one of us will stand before You and give an account of what we did with the life You gave us – please help us to choose wisely today in how we use this gift! Amen

We have the chance to earn our rewards while it is yet day! The BEMA seat of Christ beckons!

We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. (John 9:4 ESV)

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. (2 Corinthians 5:10 ESV)

Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. (Romans 14:10-12 ESV)

Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. (1 Corinthians 3:12-15 ESV)

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. (1 Corinthians 9:24-25 ESV)

Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:8 ESV)

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 ESV) (Also Rev 2:10 Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. ESV)

And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. (1 Peter 5:4 ESV)

Look! I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me to repay each person according to what he has done. (Revelation 22:12 ESV)

Crowns that can be earned by believers:

Crown of Life – For those who suffer persecution for His sake (James 1:12, Revelation 2:10)
Crown of Righteousness – For those who loved His appearing, who eagerly await for Him to come (2 Timothy 4:8)
Crown Incorruptible – For those who press on steadfastly in the faith (1 Corinthians 9:25)
Crown of Glory – For those who feed the flock (1 Peter 5:4)
Crown of Rejoicing – For those who win souls (1 Thessalonians 2:19)

The judgment seat of Christ is for Christians to give an account of our lives before Christ. It does not determine salvation – that matter is settled and we are already in heaven. Our sins are erased (Romans 8:1). What we will see is if the things we did while on earth had any eternal value. The parable of the talents in Matthew 25 I think likely applies to us! We are stewards of what God has given us, and we will give an accounting of how we performed in that regard. Did we put our treasures in the eternal bank of heaven, or did we invest them in the temporal?

And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. (1 John 2:28 ESV)

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