If you use Facebook, you have probably seen the offer to tell your life story through photos you’ve posted during 2014. The social media giant has bruised shins due to people kicking-back because the program has caused them to relive unwanted memories.
Facebook’s memory-making-methods pale in comparison to the life-in-review process that God has designed for each of us. Let me shatter any feel-good, party-time thoughts with three words: the judgment seat.
The thoughts of the most stalwart among the faithful turn sober when they think of standing before the Righteous Judge, and He reviews each moment of our lives. Think I’m kidding? Here’s the proof:
- Hebrews 9:27: It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.
- 2 Corinthians 5:10: We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
- Romans 14:10: We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
The good news is that God is not just a God of judgment, but He also a God of mercy and grace: “. . .all of us also formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest…But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us, even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you are saved!
Since you know what the future holds, why not get a grip on the present. Live 2015 with the resolve of the Apostle Paul: “For me, living is Christ and dying is gain.”