Jesus Sees & He Rewards
"For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God...So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God." (Romans 14:10-12 NASB)
"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad." (2 Corinthians 5:10 NASB)
Though this portion of scripture is weighty, we can have confidence in it.
In my experience as I grew up in the church, these verses were mostly used in a more terrifying context. In particular, they were usually applied to highlight the fact that God will judge us on everything we have done, especially all the wrong we have committed. Which is completely true. But, there is another connotation of this verse that is mostly overlooked.
The judgment seat, or bema seat, was actually a familiar term that referred to the platform where a judge sat to evaluate athletic contests like the Olympic Games! It was a place to receive your award and to be celebrated!
Rewards are about Jesus expressing how He feels about the way we loved Him in this life, about working closely with Him in reigning over the earth and about God vindicating our choices for righteousness. (Hebrews 1:9)
Beloved! This should cause our hearts to come alive with confidence that today's trials and tribulations are not overlooked. Jesus sees and He rewards!
Every time we choose to say "Yes" to Him and "No" to sin, we are winning. It counts! Even if our "Yes" is weak, it still counts. Weak love is not false love. Our weakness is Jesus' strong suit. He's really good at taking our small offering of love and growing it into vibrant, mature love. Trust me. He's the only one who can do it! And it is His delight!
If you find yourself wrestling today with the thought of, "What's the point?" or "Does any of this really even matter?"
Let me encourage you with a few of my favorite verses highlighting the fact that not only does Jesus see us where we are, but His Spirit is near.
"The Lord is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit." (Psalm 34:18 NASB)
"...a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise." (Psalm 51:17 NASB)
"You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?"
(Psalm 56:8 NASB)
Take heart today. For one day we will each stand before a Jewish man from Nazareth and He will look into our eyes and recount every single time we said, "Yes" to Him and to righteousness.