Judgment Rom. 14:10-12

Judgment Rom. 14:10-12 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

Every one of us will face God at a judgment.  We’ll be judged at the white throne judgment or at the judgment seat of Christ.  Either way, we will be judged.  Paul said, “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God,” Rom 14:12.

There is one thing you should keep in the forefront of your mind and heart every minute of your life.  I am going to stand before God one day and give of account of what I am doing, saying and thinking right now.  Ultimately, we must answer to God for everything we do, say and think.  Don’t waste your time judging what others are doing.  They don’t answer to you.  That’s why Paul asked, “Why dost thou judge thy brother? Or why dost thou set at nought thy brother?” [Rom 14:10]. You’re not the judge; God is.  We are “accountable” to God.  And he is going to judge us.  God will:

Judge your soul — Rev 20:11-15 — when you repent and receive Jesus Christ, you are saved and your name is written in the book of life.  You are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise [Eph 1:13] and your name will not be blotted out of the book because you are in Christ, who said, “he that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out,” [Jn 6:37].  But if you have not received the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior then you are lost and your name is not in the book of life.  If you were to die right now, your judgment is set.  You are condemned already, because you have not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God [Jn 3:18]. Change that and repent and receive Jesus Christ now because “he that believeth on him is not condemned.”

Judge your service — Col 3:23-25 — “whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”  Your boss may do an evaluation periodically.  He or she will judge your performance based on some parameters that are important to your job as it relates to the company.  Likewise, Jesus will judge your performance in everything.  You and I are supposed to be serving him no matter who we serve on earth.  If you will serve the Lord, he will make what you do prosper [Gen 39:2-3] like he did for Joseph.  That way your work will be better here and your reward will be better hereafter.

Judge your motives — 1 Cor 4:3-5 — the Lord will make manifest the counsels of the heart.  The word of God is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart [Heb 4:12].  He will judge your motives.  He will disclose why you did what you did.  Jesus said that hypocrites do what they do to have glory of men and to be seen of men [Matt 6:2-5] and so they have their reward.  That is, they got what they wanted; so, there is no reward in heaven for what they’ve done.  Make sure that the motive for everything you do is pure.

Judge your works —1 Cor 3:11-15 — every man is responsible for building in the temple of God [Eph 2:19-22] on the foundation of Jesus Christ.  I am reminded of Nehemiah rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem [Neh 4:15-18].  Neh 4:15 says, “we returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work.”  What are you doing to build the temple of God?  And how are you performing your work?

Judge your words — Matt 12:36 — the Lord will judge what we say.  So, he gives us some guidelines to follow [Eph 5:3-4; Col 4:6; 1 Pet 4:11].

Conclusion: if you have not received Jesus Christ as your Savior, you must receive him to escape the white throne judgment.  If you have received him then remember that you are accountable to God for your service, your motives, your works and your words.  You will face him at the judgment seat of Christ.