Dear Pastor Whoever….
How are you doing, Pastor Whoever? And how is your congregationdoing?
I am reading a book, for about the fifth time, titled “The JudgementSeat of Christ” by a pastor, Rick Howard. The judgement seattomorrow will reveal how you and your congregation are doing today.(And yet, curiously, you rarely mention this upcoming milepost.) Rickwrites of a vision…. a vast multitude of white-robed saints from all agesand all nations gathered together in one place. He compared this throngto both the wheat fields of his Kansas and the vast expanse of the oceanas seen from a cruise ship. Massive. Endless. A sea of white robes.
2 Corinthians 5:10, 11: “For we must all appear before the judgementseat of Christ that each one may receive the things done in the body,according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing thereforethe terror of the Lord, we persuade men.”
Rick testifies that this will be a grievous time for many (many, certainlynot all). He speaks of “guttural sobbing” of remorse, sounds he wouldhave previously associated coming from hell. (I personally know twoothers having similar visions.) Before each individual is a pile of “wood,hay, straw”. Hidden beneath this jumble are, hopefully, imperishable“gold, silver, precious stones”.
The Lord torches the heap. Will all his/her works be burned? Deepremorse or ecstatic rejoicing? Did what matter most to Jesus mattermost? You do realize that how your people fare will depend largely onyou, their chief influence. Did you steer them to or away from JesusChrist? Did you feed them Bible or religion? Or a mixture?
So I ask again, Pastor Whoever, how are you doing? How is your congregation doing?
See you then and there, “the judgement seat of Christ”,