This man's blog really is a regular source of encouragement to me:
“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
This is our ultimate accountability. Let’s get ready. Let’s live
with intentionality. Let’s live in repentance. Let be aware, moment by
moment, that right now counts forever. What we think, what we say,
what we feel, what we do and don’t do — we matter. We matter to
Christ. We will matter forever. And very soon we will “report in.”
This is solemnizing. This is dignifying. It is also encouraging.
What if, as you stand there before Christ your Judge on that great
and final day, surrounded by all the redeemed, each one awaiting his or
her moment before the Lord — what if, standing there before him, he
asks, “Everyone, I want to know who among you appreciated this person’s
ministry? Who would like to bear witness to how he helped you for my
sake?” And no one says anything. Total silence. Awkward silence.
Everyone is embarrassed. Everyone is thinking, “Would somebody please
say something?” You are standing there wondering, “So my entire life comes down to this? What a failure I am!” Only one voice breaks that terrible silence. The Lord himself stands and says, “Well, I appreciated his ministry!”
It’s an improbable scenario. But putting it like that does isolate
the most urgent question of all. Is the approval of Jesus enough for
you and for me? Do we love him enough, do we revere him enough, that
his judgment is the one we’re living for?
We care what others think. We want to please them (1 Corinthians 10:33). But whose opinion will count forever?