For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).
The rapture of the church is in our future. In a millisecond of time, you will be involved with something here and then suddenly you will be in the presence of Jesus Christ.
Today, as everyday should be, is preparation day for my meeting with the Son of God. The fire in His eyes will try my works. All that I have done since making Jesus the Lord of my life will come under the scrutiny of His gaze. The results will be gold, silver, precious stones, or wood, hay, and straw added to my personal heavenly rewards.
Understand that my works do not save me, but they do determine the rewards that I receive when I stand before Jesus and before His penetrating gaze. Everyday as I interact with life, my actions are storing up for me in heaven – gold, silver, precious stones, or wood, hay, and straw. The reaction of gold, silver, and precious stones to fire is that they are refined even more. THe reaction of wood, hay, and straw to fire is that it turns into smoke.
I’m going to leave you with some challenging scripture to ponder today. The philosopher stated millennia ago the unexamined life is not worth living. Keep short accounts with Jesus. Think about how life is lived. Why do I do what I do? What do I do with my time, my talents, my money? How do I treat people? Are my words uplifting or hurtful? Do I live so that God can receive glory through my life? Are other drawn to the Son of God through my actions? His coming is soon. Let’s together make it our daily goal to be pleasing to Him, and to make necessary adjustments when He deals with an area of life that is lacking.
For we must all appear and be revealed as we are before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive [his pay] according to what he has done in the body, whether good or evil [considering what his purpose and motive have been, and what he has achieved, been busy with, and given himself and his attention to accomplishing] (2 Corinthians 5:10- Amplified).
But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: “As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.” So then each of us shall give account of himself to God (Romans 14:10-12).
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. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire (1 Corinthians 3:12-15).
For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world (1 Corinthians 11:31-32).
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:8-9).