Posted on January 30, 2018 Article from The Messengerin
We’ve spent the last few weeks focusing on the confidence we can have in Christ. Pride is thinking too much of yourself. But it’s impossible to think too much of Jesus. In Christ, and in Christ alone, do we place our trust for our salvation. He has secured our salvation once and for all (Hebrews 10:10).
But the latter 1/3 of the book of Hebrews begins focusing on our responsibility once we have placed our faith in Christ. True faith responds in some form of faithfulness. Because of what Christ has done IN us, the author of Hebrews then goes on to tell us four things we should be preparing as we see the Day of Judgment coming closer and closer (Heb. 10:26). For those in Christ Jesus, heaven and hell will not be in question, rather, we will be judged by our faithfulness in this life that will determine what rewards we will receive so we can serve Christ faithfully during the Kingdom.
On what criteria will our rewards be based? Well, thankfully, the book of Hebrews gives us the questions for the final exam IN ADVANCE. They are right here in 10:19-25.
1. After we came to Christ, what effort did we make to draw closer to Him? Did we study His Word?
2. Did we stay firm in our faith by focusing on Christ’s faithfulness to us? Did we waiver in our commitment to Christ or were we confident in His love for us?
3. Did we keep the Lord’s Day a priority or did we allow lessor things to take priority over our gathering together on a weekly basis? In as much as it was up to us, did we commit ourselves to the gathering of the saints?
4. When we did gather together, did we just show up and go home, or did we encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ while we were there? Did we lovingly exhort others to exhibit that love, even when it hurts?
At the heart of this judgment will be the great commandment. To say it again another way, did we love God and did we love our neighbor? All of the Bible hinges on these two commands?
Ok, you’ve got the questions to the final exam. Now the question is: when you stand before Christ, what kind of answers will you be able to give?