Women of a New Season: Bema Seat


II Corinthians 5:10:  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.

The word Bema means judgment.  As Christians we will one day stand before Christ who will be seated on the Bema Seat. We will not be judged for our sins, because those are already forgiven, but rather the judgment will be on our works.  Please don’t think you will stand in this spot feeling elated, you will be scared.  Will your works bring reward or will they burn like hay, wood and stubble?  Basically, the bottom line is why you did these works.  What was your motive?

We may be able to do some things now for God and hide our motives, but on that day, nothing will be hidden.  It will be exposed that you wanted to teach, sing or preach to be seen. You wanted people to see how much knowledge you have, or how intelligent you are.

It’s very easy to do the right things for the wrong reasons, this is particularly a problem to those who are in a position of influence.  An Evangelist comes to town and he is exciting and draws a crowd.  People get saved, healed and delivered.  That’s great, but when he starts to relish his own press and begins to thrive on the spotlight, he is in trouble.  

James 3: 1: Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

My husband and I have seen young ministers fall many times because of pride entering their lives.  Pride alone is a grievous sin, but it brings an entourage of other sins with it.  Hunger for power, money and yes, sexual sins. 

The more you minister, the more people you reach, the more you need to check your heart, and check it continually. Do His will for His glory, not for yours.  Build His Kingdom, don’t try to build your own.

This doesn’t just apply to ministers or teachers, but to everyone who is trying to serve the Lord by reaching others, whether it’s from behind a pulpit or over a cup of coffee at your kitchen table.  When you have influence you must steward it well.  

We may feel cocky about the person we just led to the Lord, “My didn’t I do well?” That’s a wrong attitude.  We should rejoice over a soul saved, not what we did.  Because in truth, Holy Spirit did it. We may brag to our friends about how much we’ve grown, learned or accomplished in the Lord, and if we are doing that there will be no reward for those things.

When we stand before this judgment seat, we are assured of Heaven, but we will still tremble in fear and trepidation at the Almighty presence of our Lord as He begins to judge our works.

Are we working for Him?  Do we have the right motives?   Let’s check ourselves now and correct our paths. Until next time!

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