Every Christian will stand before this seat – Dr. James A. Scudder

April 8, 2014  
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Today's Scripture: We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:8–10

 

It doesn’t take much to impress me. Many years ago, I led a group of people on a trip to Corinth. We saw the ancient ruins of the temple to Apollo, the remains of original Corinthian Order columns, the Roman streets, and other ruins. These were nice, but they couldn’t compare to the Bema Seat. When I saw this for the first time, I was so amazed that the people in the group thought I had nearly lost my mind.

Are you wondering why I was so excited? The reason is because of the significance of the Bema Seat in Scripture. During Roman times, the Bema Seat was the place where Roman magistrates would sit to do judgment. The Apostle Paul used this respected object as a picture of the Judgment Seat of Christ.

Every believer is going to stand before Jesus someday. When your turn comes, will He say, “Well done, faithful servant,” or will He say you were a wicked and foolish servant? I want to live so that He says, “Well done.”

How does your life measure up to the “Well Done” Standard in God’s Word (see Psalms 15 and 101)? Keep the Judgment Seat of Christ in your mind as you read books, watch DVD’s, surf the Internet, and talk with your friends. Remember it as you work with your boss and co-workers, exercise at the local gym, drive in heavy traffic, and deal with difficult people. Would Christ say “well done” to your words and actions? Be honest with yourself. If you are unsure, then pray about the area of concern; and God will show you where you can improve.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder