Everyone will be judged; every single person. Those people who don’t know Christ will be judged. Those people who believe in Him will also be judged. On the judgment day, there will be judgments for non-believers, and also for believers. In this writing I will only discuss about the judgment of the believers.
JUDGMENT of Christ is something that all people will finally face. We will be held responsible towards our doings or even non-doings in our lifetime on earth. Every single action, every single thought, every single motive, every single word, everything! Not only our actions that will be judged, but also our motives behind every action! Can you imagine all of these? Those things that you probably have forgotten you ever say or do will be presented before the great throne of God, and we will be judged.
Let me illustrate to you what the judgment would be like.
“Marcella Purnama, you are now about to be judged before the Lord.
Give an account of your life on earth.”
Before she can say anything, her life flashes out in front of her, from the very beginning. All the yelling towards her parents, her wrong behaviors, her lies towards the other, her selfish nature … then comes her repentance, receiving Jesus as her Savior. Her involvements in the church, in the school chapel… But again she falls and hates her friends, she talks bad things in their backs… every motive that she has in following God. Her every wrong and useless word that she utters… everything…
Okay, it may not exactly be that way, but what I want emphasize here is that everything that we’ve done on earth, all things (and I do mean EVERYTHING), for it is written, “Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For 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.” (2 Cor 5:9-10), will be presented in front of God. Nothing can be hidden. We are presenting ourselves naked before the Lord, for He knows everything.
So now who will pass the judgment seat of Christ?
For those believers who pretend that they know God, believe in Him, but do not reflect that in their lives; they will be shocked that in the end their names ARE NOT FOUND in the Book of Life. They are deceived by their own wrong understandings of God and salvation, and thus cost them their salvation.
For the other believers who believe in God and do the will of the Father, they too will be judged – but this is not the judgment of whether they will enter heaven or not, this is the judgment to define how much reward that they will get. “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.” (1 Cor 3:11-14) There are two kinds of believers in this part – the believers who do the will of God fully, and the others who only do partly of the will.
The will of God that I’m stressing here is not the usual commandments (do not murder, do not steal, love your God, love your enemies, etc), but I’m talking about God’s personal will for each of us; as He has given different kind of talents and gifts for us to use it towards our extent. In the Bible, there are two kinds of parables regarding talents (or mina). One is the parable of a man who has 10 servants who will go on a journey, and he gives 10 minas to his 10 servants (each servant receives 1 mina). “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, “Do business till I come.” (Luke 19:12-13). This mina, or talent, is the gifts that every person who believes in Jesus receives. This represents the truths of God’s Word, our foundational faith, the love of God shed abroad in our hearts and covenant blessings that are given to each believer. Each individual has the same.
The other parable is the man who has 3 servants, and for one he gives 5 talents, the other 3, and 1. “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.” (Matthew 25:14-15) Thus, the Bible conveys that each individual has different kind of talents, and God’s will in each individual is going be different. There are those who are called as preachers and missionaries, the others as businessman who help the missionaries to preach the gospel, another is a teacher, another as actor, and the list goes on.
This reality brings us to the truth that: WE WILL NOT JUDGED BY WHAT WE DO, BUT RATHER OF WHAT WE ARE CALLED TO DO. Let’s say there is a pastor who preaches and save 100 souls. In his judgment day he was called upon the Lord and all his doings are purified in fire, for it is written, “…each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work of what sort it is.” (1 Cor 3:13). He will be astonished by the fact that all of his doings burnt up! He asks Jesus and He will reply, “I’m not calling you to be a pastor! My will is for you to be a businessman, and by that you will save 1000 souls!” Is this man going to heaven? Yes, he is. But he lost his rewards. Remember: we are judged by what we are called to do!
These people who mislead the callings of God will still enter the kingdom of God – but just barely. “If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire (barely!).” (1 Cor 3: 15). It is such a waste that all people have so much potential within them, but each of them can’t live lives towards their extent just because they do not know their callings on earth! Note that, we will spend our lives in here for ETERNITY (which will be discussed further). Do you want to spend the rest of eternity just barely enter heaven, or do you want to spend the rest of eternity with the maximum potential that you got within you?
You choose =)