9So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
2 Corinthians 5:9-10
There seems to be levels in Christian people. At least I’ve observed some. It may just be a natural growth process. There is a significant corner turned in the life of a believer when their faith graduates from a set of beliefs to a living relationship with Jesus Christ. Paul wrote that “we make it our goal to please Him.” This is evidence of the relationship with Christ. The motivation for right living is no longer a simple fear of punishment but an earnest desire to make glad the Lord’s heart. Interestingly, the judgment doesn’t leave the psyche – Paul immediately spoke of the judgment seat of Christ. We will be judged on what we have done – our actions in the body. Vs. 11 – “Since we know what it is to fear the Lord…” This is a legitimate motivator for right living.My own sin and bent towards it makes me sorrowful – ugh. I want to please the Lord and be motivated by my relationship with Him! Honestly I’m more motivated by the Judgment Seat. Even earthly consequences of sin seem to motivate me more than my close relationship with Jesus. I have more growing to do in my love relationship with Jesus.Lord – I want to please you today in my actions and decisions, motivated more by Your love for me than the consequences of poor decisions.