You're face to face with Christ. There's no hiding, no opportunity to put a better spin on what you did, no attorney to represent you. The look in His eyes says it all.
Like it or not, standing before Christ's judgement seat is precisely where we will someday be. And while we will not lose our entrance to heaven if we are believers, what we do in our earthly life will determine our standing in the eternal kingdom. There are eternal consequences to what we do. We "will" be rewarded according to our faithfulness. When God calls our name, we will be there.
In "Your Eternal Reward," pastor Erwin Lutzer leads readers through not only the effects of the Judgment Seat of Christ and the Great White Throne, but also through what Jesus will be looking for-how we can use the resources of this life to store up treasures in heaven. This life is training for the next. We are to be learning the rules of the kingdom and running the race to win the prize Christ has promised to His faithful servants. When He calls your name, will you hear Him say, 'Well done, good and faithful servant'? Be prepared to have your understanding of the judgment seat of Christ challenged, provoked, and even permanently changed.