I’ve been reading about the judgment seat of Christ where we will receive awards according to how profitable or unprofitable our lives have been on earth. It seems to me as I read these passages that some will be ashamed at how poorly they have done. Could that be true?
Yes, I think that some will be ashamed.
Revelation 22:12 introduces the fact of rewards for the believers:
“Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.”
There is coming a time when we will be judged on the basis of what we have done as Christians. This is known as the “Judgment Seat of Christ” which occurs during the seven-year tribulation on earth.
2 Corinthians 5:8-10 summarizes our evaluation before Christ:
“Whether good or bad. “So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body” (2 Corinthians 5:8-10).
Should a Christian Work for Rewards?
The answer to this question seems self-evident. However, not everyone seems to feel that way!
“You know, I don’t think we ought to talk about rewards – we ought to serve the Lord because we love Him.”
“I don’t care about the crowns, I just care if I get there!”
“I’m not working for rewards; I’m just working for Christ!”
All of these statements are good rhetoric. However, they are very poor theology. We ought to serve Christ because we love Him. Nevertheless, we have every incentive to seek the very best rewards that we can for ourselves.
Moses worked for his rewards (Hebrews 11:23-26).
Paul was looking to his rewards (2 Timothy 4:6-8).
We should be working and looking for ours as well.
What the Judgment Seat of Christ Is Not
First, the Judgment Seat of Christ does not determine whether we go to Heaven.
If we have Christ as our Lord and Savior, we go to heaven. If we don’t have Christ we go to Hell. There is no St. Peter at the pearly gates.