“And in as much as it is appointed for men to die once, and after this comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
Recently I was reminded of the last line of a hymn by the late Rev. A.B. Simpson, which asks this question: “What will you do with Jesus? Neutral you cannot be. Some day your heart will be asking, what will he do with me?”
Perhaps it was these words that caused me to begin thinking seriously about God’s coming judgment, and it’s possible consequences for me.
As I review my own life, I must confess that during my first 40 years, the subject of God’s judgment rarely or ever entered my mind. Growing up, I was not churched at all. Thus eternity, and where I would spend it, was a non-issue.
But then, at age 41, I came to Christ and things began to dramatically change for the better. I recall that during some early discipleship training, I memorized Hebrews 9:27. It was then I started to think seriously about God’s coming judgment and how it might affect my life and my future.
The Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 5:10 writes, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”
By contrast, this same Paul makes it very clear in Ephesians 2:8-9 that salvation is a gift from God; not by our works, but by one’s faith and trust in Jesus Christ. But then comes that often overlooked verse 10 which says, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which he prepares for us to do.”
The Christian life is an active life, not a passive one. Auto pioneer Henry Ford said it well: “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”
“Behold, I am coming quickly and my reward is with me, to render to every man according to what he has done” Revelation 22:12.