As I have been working on book 3 in the series, I find myself once again attempting to create scenes in heaven. Some things are fun to consider. What will it look like, what will we do all day? What will we wear? Will we get our hair done?
Others are more serious. What will judgment look like? I know there are lots of theories on that, and I do not presume to have the answer. I can only promise to muddy the water.
I have heard preachers say many many times how they were taking some action or another because when they stood before God they wanted Him to say, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” In fact, I just heard that from the pulpit this week.
The pastor was going to change a ministry offered by the church and he acknowledged that it would upset some people but that he had to do what needed to be done because one day he would answer for it to God and he wanted God to say, “well done…”
But…what if….what if, when we stand before the King of Kings, our judgment has nothing at all to do with any of that. What if instead, it is based entirely on our fruit?
If God were judging you based on how patient you were today, how would you do? Gulp. I will be the first to admit that I am not going to do too well on this one.
The pastor mentioned how historically churches measured their success by attendance. But does God? What if, instead of measuring based on attendance at church, He judged us according to how well we loved those who were there? Would your love stand up to the God test? Did you show God’s love to anyone today?
Instead of judging us according to our sins, what if He judged us on our joy? Would He say “well done,” to you based on your joy?
What if, instead of measuring us according to how many people we shared the gospel with, He measured by our self-control, would He tell you, “Well done?”
Would your kindness earn you reward in heaven? Would He congratulate you on how well you did demonstrating peace? What if that was all that mattered. If you knew that that was what He would measure you on, would it change anything?
What if you knew that when you stood in front of the King of Kings for judgment it was your gentleness He would use to decide if He said, “Well done” or not?
It would change things for me. Would it change anything for you?