My husband and I went to a friends house for dinner and a movie the other night. Our friend told us that this was not a professional movie, but rather, an amateur drama put on by a church in Florida. It was called, "The Bema Seat". The word Bema means judgement and it was about the final judgement seat of Christ, you know, the judgement that the Christians will have to go through after His second coming.
This was an AMAZING movie. The pastor was "talking" to us as if the rapture had occurred and he was describing everything about heaven and the final day of judgement. I had not thought much about this upcoming day until now. I'd like to share with you just a few of the important things that I took away from this drama.
First, this was not a time to judge us for our sins. Our sins are already washed in the blood of the Lamb. This was a day to judge us for anything we did of eternal value. All of the other stuff, even if it seemed good, will be burned up. Only things that will work toward eternity will stand, and we'll be given rewards for our good works.
Second, sowing into the lives of others is the only thing of eternal value. Saving souls is one of the few things that will stand through the fire. Encouraging others in their christian walk is another thing that will be rewarded in heaven.
Third, we don't know when the end will come. It will happen so suddenly and so fast!
Fourth, what others think of us doesn't matter on earth. Our economical status, our position in a company, our wealth, none of these things play any role in the final judgement day.
What a life changing movie! I left realizing that I don't have the kind of unconditional love for others that I need. I knew that I needed to start looking at every encounter with others from the perspective of the Lord. How will this conversation look on "that" day? It has been very enlightening.
1Corinthians 3:8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.(KJV)
Romans 14:10-12 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. (KJV)
When was the last time you gave the final judgement seat some serious thought? My friend over at Streams of Living Waters has a post that shows us how to live for the day. Please take a few minutes and go to the link (just click on streams of living waters)you'll be blessed for it!