Today was the National Football Draft; the teams with the worst regular-season records draft first and the teams with the best records draft last in an attempt to keep the teams competitive with each other. The Jacksonville Jaguars were awarded the first pick and drafted Trevor Lawrence, a quarterback from Clemson. Each year it is a huge honor to be the first player chosen from the ranks of hundreds of very good college players.
The Church, the Body of Christ, the eternal Bride of Christ is made up of a finite number of people. The Church officially began on the “Day of Pentecost” and officially ends on the day of the Rapure. So there was the person who was the very first person added to the Church and there will be the person who is the last one to become a part of the Bride of Christ. Between the first and the last over the years I was added to the roles of those called Christians, and many of you as well. As I said there will be a definite number of people in this special group of people who will sit at the right hand of Jesus, ruling with Him as His eternal companion. Let’s say for fun that the number is going to be 34,765,322. Some of you may think that for 2000 plus years of church history there will surely be more than that, maybe, we will see.
After the “Judgment Seat of Christ” we will all be in order of greatness, as it were, top to bottom. There will be one person who will be first and there will be someone who is last. This position will determine our relationship with Jesus, our responsibility in the Kingdom, and other things. When the disciples were arguing over who was going to be first in the Kingdom Jesus didn’t tell them they would all be equal, He told them how to be first if they wanted to be. He said, make yourself last here in this life, choose to be a servant to others in this life and you will be greatest in the next life.
I imagine that Trevor Lawrence is feeling very special tonight being the first player picked in the NFL draft. I wonder what it is going to feel like to be the one who gets chosen to sit a Jesus right hand. I wonder what it is going to feel like to be the very last person in the Body. We won’t have a sin nature in our new glorified bodies so pride won’t be an issue, but I am sure there will be a strong sense of being glorified.
1 Corinthians 15:41-42
There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.
So also is the resurrection of the dead.
I think about the “Judgment Seat of Christ” constantly, and I am highly motivated to work hard, to sacrifice much, to prioritize my time, to seek a closer relationship with Him continually, to pray more, to give more, to serve more.
1 Corinthians 9:24-26 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air;