There are a good many people in this world who have heard something (perhaps a great deal) about a judgment day. What their thinking with regard to this judgment day is varies. It varies because there may be no belief that it will occur; it varies because many who do not identify themselves as Christians feel as if they are in good standing with the Lord because their good out weighs their bad. It is tremendously unfortunate when those who call themselves Christian fail to keep judgment day in view like they should.

It is not that judgment day is not thought about, but that it is not thought about in the right way. Life is precarious; it does not matter how strong a person might be, how wilily he (or she) is at getting out of dangerous circumstance, or anything else. One day we all will stand before the judgment seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10). We will be judged by those things we have done in the body, whether good or bad.

How should one understand “good” or “bad”? To begin, it is not to be understood in such a way that it’s man’s prerogative to determine what is good or bad. Second, it is not to be understood as some people speak: “He is a good man; look at all the good things he does for the community. Surely God will look favorably upon him!” Third, the bad are not those (only) who are incarcerated, vile in human behavior, or an immoral reprobate.

What is to be understood is this: “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works” (Titus 2:11-14, NKJV). There is a judgment day coming and Jesus is our judge. RT