Naked At The Judgment Seat

I have been working on a piece about the Judgment Seat for a couple of days now (’cause I sure know a lot about that) and, as I don’t think I will ever be able to communicate the reality of the Judgment seat, I am posting it now, so here it is:

It’s funny how good things, such as ministry, service and ______ (fill in the blank), can become masks for people to hide behind while they are here on earth. Unfortunately these masks can be quite effective. Although we may be able to hide behind these types of activities now, there will come a day when our current masks will no longer be able to provide us with protection.

Soon we will all stand before Christ at the Judgment Seat. Except, it won’t be we, it will be me, it will be you. And not only will you be all alone, but you’ll be naked, totally exposed. Every act, word, thought, and motive will be laid bare. There will be no works to hide behind, no ministry to hide behind, no blog posts to hide behind. Nothing.

No one will be able to say, “Oh God, look at these profound truths I communicated using my blog.” Nor will anyone be able to say, “Lord, look at this great ministry I had, at my church there was the most healings, the largest congregation, and the best music.” Nope, none of this will count. When we stand naked and exposed before Christ, we will not be able to call upon any of our works to hide us.

Paul Washer said, “God is not worried about building a ministry, God is concerned about building a man.” How true this is. It amazes me how easy it is to write something, or do something that causes people to applaud, saying, “Look! What a deep thinker he is. What a dynamic speaker he can be. What a powerful writer he is.” But it is a completely different thing for a person to position themself to be a deep, dynamic, powerful tool in the Masters hands. Being totally exposed to Him and the world as the wretch they really are. Fully aware of their own wickedness yet all the while totally confident in the finished work of Christ.

We must strive to live our lives in view of the Judgment seat.

Popularity

“If I want to know how popular your church is I’ll come Sunday morning, if I want to know how popular the preacher is I’ll come Sunday night. If I want to know how popular God is I’ll drop in at the prayer meeting one night. I guess Gods not to popular around where you live.”

– Leonard Ravenhill

Fear of Man

“I have no more interest in what you think about me than I have in what color the popes hair is. Why should I worry about what you think of me anyhow? Do you think God is going to judge me by your opinion?”

– Leonard Ravenhill

30 Signs You Might Be Emergent

I just saw this on a blog and I had to post it.

The top 30 signs that you might be an Emergent:

30. Your church has replaced the pulpit with a bar stool.

29. You once read a good story about some Jewish people and a cross.

28. You engineer every conversation so you are able to use the phrase, “you can’t put god in a box,” and laugh like you’ve said the funniest thing in the word.

27. You make everyone define everything before you begin a conversation. Since this takes forever you never really have a conversation.

26. You think hell is a construct somewhere in Tennessee.

25. You think everything is a metaphor for something else.

24. When you hear the word “Orthodox” all you think about is the great food at the Greek Festival every year.

23. You think “Patristics” is a new brand of snack food.

22. Church history started when your pastor was born.

21. The only Creed you know is a once-popular musical act.

20. You only curse around fundamentalists.

19. You leave your church because the sermon was not obscure enough.

18. You refer to your local assembly as “church,” “synagogue,” or “mosque” depending on who you are talking to.

Click here for the rest of the list.

Meditation Outlined in Proverbs

Check out this passage:

Proverbs 24:30-34 (ESV)

I passed by the field of a sluggard, by the vineyard of a man lacking sense, and behold, it was overgrown with thorns; the ground was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.

This is a description of how the proverb “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.” came about. How cool!

The author says that he walked “by the vineyard of a man lacking sense.” While he was passing by he “considered it,” and in considering it he “received instruction” straight from God. We would do well to follow his example, I mean, who would think that a trashed field with a broken down wall around it, would be used as a means for God to reveal Scripture to man – not that I am trying to say that we should go around trying to write short sayings to be added to the Cannon of Scripture, but instead, that we should give more thought to the circumstances around us.