Imagine Heaven- Rewards and Judgments
TODAY'S BIG IDEA: GOD WILL REWARD EACH OF US UNIQUELY IN HEAVEN
On the Day of Judgment, God will make distinctions, he will separate things, he will sort everything out once and for all. And he will sort things out in two basics ways. First, he will sort people out, those who are his and those who are not. And second, for those who are His, He will sort out in a very personal manner what in each of His children’s lives counted for eternity, and what did not. All that we did for Him will be rewarded!
IMAGINE HEAVEN BOOK LINKS
1. THE FIRST JUDGMENT IS THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT
This Judgment is the separating of every person who ever was from all of human history. God will sort out those who placed their faith and their lives into His hands, and those who continued to reject His rule and reign. This Judgment is about access into His Heavenly Kingdom. This is not a reward for the things we have done in this life, rather it is a gift that was either received or rejected in this life, the choice was ours. It is not based upon the work we did in this life but is totally based upon the work Jesus did in his life, death, and resurrection from the dead.
Revelation 20:11-12 (NLT)
“And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life.”
Matthew 25:34 (NLT)
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world.”
2. OUR REWARDS IN HEAVEN ARE BASED ON HOW WE LIVED THIS LIFE
This second judgment is called the Bema Seat Judgment. This is the second time of God sorting things out, and it is a very positive judgment. The things done for God with the motive of love for Him and love for others will be rewarded. The picture the scriptures paint of this event, this Judgment of God’s people, is that of a rewards ceremony.
2 Corinthians 5:10 (NIV)
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”
1 Corinthians 3:11-14 (NLT)
“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ. Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward.”
- Live in such a way that your life choices will be rewarded by the Father in Heaven. Motive matters, love matters, kindness matters, faith matters, courage matters.