10 For 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. 11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. 12 We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart. 13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
2 Corinthians 5:10-15
“And the winner is….”, imagine yourself standing on a stage to receive the Oscar trophy. How would you feel? What would you say? Perhaps, you think not a chance! But one day, we will stand on a much grander stage than the Oscars. We will receive a trophy, extensively better than the Oscars. And it will be presented to us by a person much more esteemed than any of the presenters at the Oscars. Yes, one day, we’ll all stand on the judgment seat of Christ. It is a platform where Christ Himself presents to us his praise, glory, honor, and crowns. It will be speechless and priceless!
What will you say? When a person stands on the stage to receive the Oscar, he would usually thank those who have helped him achieve what he has done in his acceptance speech. Indeed, the most tremendous success has to come through teamwork. One person can only do so much. When we stand on that grand stage to receive our rewards from Jesus, who will you give thanks for? Jesus, of course! Besides helping us and empowering us, He also loves us.
His love is the force that drives us forward and transforms us.
If not because of His love, we’ll not be who we are. “But by the grace of God, I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10).
I do not know anyone who has won the Oscar with his first movie. It is usually a commendation of his life’s work. Similarly, the judgment seat of Christ is the result of the sum of the work we have done for Him in this world. So continue to strive for Him. One day you’ll be standing on that splendid stage, meeting the most glorious person and receiving the most meaningful award of your life.
Continue your story!