Rev 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done.
As Christ followers we are justified and forgiven but one day we will stand before God and give an account of everything we said and everything we did. WOW! That’s a really frightening thought.
I remember when I was younger I used to joke about the fact that I would probably be sliding into heaven sideways, just barely getting in. But as I got older, I realized that isn’t enough for me. I really don’t know how I could possibly explain or defend myself for so many things! Things I said with a bad attitude, things I did, things I should have done…. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not happy with myself about those things, but I won’t let guilt weigh me down. I once heard Chuck Swendoll say “Some Christians say they can’t forgive themselves, but I say to you, if Jesus Christ died on a cross to forgive you of your sins, how dare you not, forgive yourself?” Ouch. Good point. So, I decided to just accept that forgiveness and try to do better. I guess I am “better” but SO far from where I need to be. But you know, that’s ok too. That is why I need a savior.
I do dream about hiring Perry Mason to defend me on that day of judgement (most of you won’t know who that is) but it won’t matter. (and most of my life is indefensible in front of God anyway).
Romans 8:1-2 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death.
I am hoping one day to hear ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ (Matt 25:23)
Tim 4:7-8 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store 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 longed for his appearing.
So while it is scary to think of the judgement part, it is so exciting to think of being with the Lord in that day. We who are HIS, will get to feel that forgiveness and love. How amazing that will be!