Individuals put a lot of consideration behind certain seats. Parents will spend hours researching the safest car seats for their newborns. High schoolers adhere to the unwritten rule of calling “shotgun” to reserve the passenger seat of their buddy’s car. Thrill seekers wait a little longer in line to sit in the front seat of a roller coaster. Sports fans and concert goers will pay more money for the seat closest to the action. When flying on a plane, some desire the window seat, others prefer the aisle seat, and no one requests the spot in the middle. It’s amazing how much time, energy, money, and thought goes into where one sits. But have you invested any of those actions for the seat that matters most?
The Bible has assured us of a judgment. The resurrection of Christ is God’s guarantee that all will be judged one day (Acts 17:30-31). We will be judged based on Christ’s word (John 12:48). Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:10, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” Notice these facts about the judgment seat of Christ:
- The Seat is Inevitable
- We often make appointments (medical, social, business) but sometimes we must cancel or reschedule them. However, the appointment to meet the Lord in judgment we must keep. “And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
- The Seat is Informed
- Good deeds and sins alike are committed in the open and in secret. Although man may be unaware of those done in private, nothing is out of the reach of God. “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:13).
- The Seat is Impartial
- God is not one to show partiality (Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11). All will appear before the judgment seat. The rich will not have an advantage over the poor, nor will the educated gain an edge over the uneducated. The judgment will be based on one’s obedience (John 14:15).
There is coming a day when we must all give an account of ourselves to God before the seat that matters most (Romans 14:10-12). It’s a seat that is inevitable, informed, and impartial. We may enjoy the comfort of our favorite recliner or our usual spot at the dinner table but have you considered the importance of the “judgment seat of Christ?” This is a seat that must require our attention.