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Ephesians 2:10 says: You are His workmanship. “We are His workmanship, and we are created in Christ Jesus” -
notice what we're created for, for what? “For good works, which God has prepared...” When? “...before the foundation
of the earth”.
I want you to just note that, because everything we say after this is going to lever off that particular scripture.
God created you - He had you in mind, before you were even thought of, by your family; and He designed you to be
born into the earth - whatever situation, circumstance, nation or background - He designed for you to be born into the
earth, and He set out a destiny for you. He designed and created you with giftings to accomplish something with your
life; to accomplish something not trivial; but purposeful, meaningful, which would impact people.
He has “created you for good works”. In other words, you are designed to do things that extend the Kingdom of God;
so having come to Christ - not by an y work we did, but solely on what Jesus Christ did on Calvary; ha ving been made
right with God, just because we trusted - now we are to spend our life on the earth serving God, and accomplishing
something with our life.
What we accomplish, is different for every person. These works, that we're to accomplish, were written by God for
you to accomplish - something only you can do. There's something that every believer in the body of Christ is called
to accomplish. It's not done in a Sunday meeting. It's not done in any church meeting. It's primarily done when you
live your life. You and I are called to accomplish things for God .
You and I are agents of God in the earth. We are an ambassador for the kingdom. We are a gateway for the life of
God to flow and express in the earth; and you and I are mandated by God to do good works - to actually accomplish
something with your life.
Hebrews 9:27 – “It is appointed for men once to die, and then the judgement". Accountability for our actions is
foundational to the Kingdom of God; accountability for our actions is foundational.
Romans 14:10-12 says – “Why do you judge your brother? Why do you look at the person next to you and criticise
them and find fault with them? Why do you despise your brother?” Why do you look at other Christians, other
believers and criticise them, despise them, find fault with them? Why do you do that?
“For we shall all stand before the judgement seat of Christ”. All - that means everyone - no exceptions.
“We all stand before the judgement seat of Christ. For it is written: As I live, says the Lord, every knee... (every knee
=> no person, who has ever lived, shall not fulfil this) ...shall bow to Me, every tongue confess to God, so each of us
shall give account of himself to God.”
So people may get away with stuff in life. I don't think they really do, because they reap what they sow; but
eventually, all must give account - so we see that it's a principle of the kingdom that no person is exempt. Every one
of us, are going to give account; not for the person next to us, but for ourselves.
Think about that moment. This is an appointment you will keep. There'll be a day when you will keep this
appointment, and you'll stand before the judgement seat of Christ; and what will be on view is how you've run your life
- that's a very sobering thought. It's something to cause us to think about our life, not live week to week, day to day;
but to think of the course of our life, and begin to consider how we can be productive with our life - because it will
come to an end, and we'll give account.
So you notice there, it's the „Judgement Seat of Christ’. That word „judgement seat’, is a word in the Greek called
„Bema’; it means literally, a rostrum. This referred to a rostrum that Caesar stood on, and he would give a verdict
about someone. If they were judged to be guilty, they were given a black stone; if they were judged to be in nocent,
they were given a white stone; but it was a place of judgement, where a person's life was assessed; and the
judgement was final, no appeals. You don't get a lawyer, and appeal, and have a second go. The judgement is final -
absolutely final; so it's a place of calling to account.
2 Corinthians 5:9-10. “We therefore make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be pleasing to God.” This is our
goal - we want our life to be pleasing to God. It doesn't matter what people think in that sense, it's whet her our life