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Q: I have a question about the Judgment Seat of Christ.

It sounds like the judgment will be pretty awful for those who’ve failed to live right after being saved. This is me! What can I do? Anything? Is it too late? My children are not living for Jesus, and they and their families need salvation. I’m very ill. I don’t know if I’ll be here much longer. What can I do? I have repented and confessed.

Asked by: Barbara, Washington


A: Barbara, I want you to know that I understand your question perfectly, because I actually wrote a book about the Judgment Seat of Jesus Christ, and I take it very seriously.

I’m here to offer you hope and consolation.

First of all, you say that you have repented. When we repent, the past is wiped out. Now it’s true that at the judgment seat of Jesus Christ our lives are going to be evaluated and our works are also going to be exposed and evaluated. But, at the end of the day, the more we have put the past behind us in the power of God, the less we need to be concerned about at the judgment seat of Jesus Christ. Because you asked me this question I took the time to look up 1 Corinthians 4:5. This is what it says, “God is going to come and will bring to light the motives of men’s hearts.” Now that’s pretty scary isn’t it? But the rest of the verse says, “then each man,” and we could say “each woman,” “will receive praise from God.” Just know, Barbara, that God is going to find something good to reward you for in regards to your past. Remember that.

Secondly, you still have a future because you’re still alive. I would encourage you to live each day for the glory of God. You know, the Bible says that all of our lives are really a mixture of wood, hay and stubble, gold and precious stones. And we will be tried in the presence of Jesus. I believe that you can still live for Christ in as many days as He still gives you. You will find that there is still gold and precious stones that you can offer to the Savior.

Scripture references

  • 1 Corinthians 4:5
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