Vision is the long range goal we are pursuing. Very few people have established what theirs are. Everything we do without exception is in pursuit of a goal, but if we don’t make any goals that are clear and precise we will switch into our default setting. Our general, overriding goal will be the pursuit of comfort. As we go through the day our goals control our choices, and if comfort is our goal we will consistently choose the easy and broad way, which will not lead us to any kind of success in life. I have 71 goals for this year, but I have one overriding vision for my life that controls everything I do, including the goals I write.
My vision is ” To do as well at the ‘Judgment Seat of Christ’ as is possible with the time I have left, with the opportunities that are given to me, with the health that I will or won’t have, and with the gifts and abilities that God has given to me.” I express that vision every morning in my prayer of commitment by praying, “today Lord Jesus I will live my life as if it is the last day I have before I stand before You at the ‘Judgment Seat of Christ’, and am rewarded by You for the life that I have lived for You, the character that I have acquired that is like Yours, and the work that I have accomplished for You that has built and blessed Your Bride, the church. Please grant me the wisdom and the energy to serve You well today, and to accomplish a ton of work.”
Read, consider, ponder, and meditate on these verses for a week.
2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
1 Corinthians 3:13-15 each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
Romans 14:10-12 For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall give praise to God.” So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.
Colossians 3:24-25 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality.
Here are some question to ponder about these verses:
-When you stand before Jesus what will be the difference for you for all eternity between doing very well as opposed to doing poorly.
– 1 Corinthians says we will be rewarded for what we have done, what do you think some of those rewards might be.
-What impact will doing well at the Judgment as opposed to doing super bad, have on your relationship with Jesus.
– Why do very few people ever think about the day they will stand before Jesus and give an account to Him for the life they have lived.
-Most believers are incredibly naive about this end of life event, why? Are you?