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Devotional - week of October 24, 2010


MOTIVATION TO LIVE BY GRACE

 

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.  2 Corinthians 5:10

 

Immediately following the justification of Abraham (Genesis 15:6), God promised him the

Consider other passages showing that our personal judgment day is coming.

 

Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.  Hebrews 9:27

 

But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. Matthew 12:36

 

Likely, all of us can remember days when a sense of urgency motivated us to prepare for final exams. We were motivated because we knew that bad things would happen if we failed and good things would happen if we passed.

 

When we knew that we had prepared well we could even look forward to the test. When we were not prepared well, we dreaded the test.

 

Our judgment before God should be a stronger motivation for preparation than any final exam at school. Our judgment before God has eternal consequences.

 

Our judgment day is not to determine if we are saved or lost. It is a time of facing God’s judgment on the way we have lived. For the Christian it is also a time of receiving or not receiving from God eternal rewards,treasures and crowns.

 

We prepare for that final day of judgment by reducing the bad in our lives and increasing the good. We can successfully do this by living out the life of grace.

 

When we teach other believers how to live by grace, we help prepare them for this eventful day.