“There are a lot of people,” Stan began, “who are going to say ‘whoops’ when they get to the end of their time here.”
“What do you mean by that?” I asked.
“For those who have not accepted Christ’s finished work on the cross,” he continued, “they will say ‘whoops, I failed to make the right decision.’”
“They,” Stan continued, “will be getting on a train headed in the wrong direction.”
“And,” he said, “for those who will be getting on the train to Glory, but have not been who or what God intended on this side of eternity, they are likely to say ‘whoops, I forgot the part about standing before the judgment seat of Christ.’”
“Oh,” I said, “the part about giving an account of what they have done.”
“Bingo!” Stan replied. “And the accounting is of the good and of the bad.”
“As for me,” Stan said, “my focus on this side of eternity is such that I want to be able to look forward to standing before Christ, rather than dreading the fact I will do so.”
“I want to be able to look forward to hearing His ‘well done!’”
“I do not want to look forward with dread to hearing His ‘That’s it? That’s what you did with all I provided for you?’”
Concluding, Stan said, “I don’t want to have to say ‘Whoops.’”
Therefore also we have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:9, 10.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your assurance because I have accepted the finished work of Christ Jesus that I will be heading in the right direction when my time here is finished. And thank you for the truth that I will stand before the judgment seat of Christ to give an accounting of what I have done on this side of eternity. I need and I ask for all of your help in who I am and what I do on this side of eternity so I can look forward to, rather than dread, that judgment. Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.