FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2013
|“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.”|
The Oscars are awards presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to those who have done an impressive job of producing, directing, acting in, or scoring a film. Some of the Academy’s most highly anticipated awards are for the best film and the best actor and actress. In reality, for what are the actors and actresses being honored? It is for doing an excellent job of pretending to be someone else.
When we stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ, it won’t be about who did the best job of pretending to be someone else. We will be judged for being who we really should be—not pretending to be someone we weren’t. It will be about authenticity and a genuine Christian life that has been lived for the glory of God.
Jesus told His disciples, “And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward” (Matthew 10:42). He also said that we should be faithful in the little things because our Father, who sees in secret, will reward us openly (see Matthew 6:1–4).
There will be two judgments: the Great White Throne Judgment (see Revelation 20), which is for nonbelievers, and the Judgment Seat of Christ, which is for believers (see 2 Corinthians 5:10). Jesus said, “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work” (Revelation 22:12).
This is not about how much you did. This is about why you did what you did and how faithful you were with what God has called you to do. Be faithful in that, and He will reward you for your faithfulness.
2 Kings 21; 2 Chronicles 33; John 4
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