Paul At The Judgment Seat Of Christ

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One may wonder why God allowed this to happen to such a faithful servant. Paul had left everything he knew to serve Christ. He gave up fame and fortune to tell the world about Jesus. He surrendered power and position to be a bond-slave for Christ. He probably suffered the loss of some friendships due to his convictions. Yet, the difference he made will only be fully revealed at the Judgment Seat of Christ. At the Judgment Seat of Christ he will hear the words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:21) Then all will see that every sacrifice Paul made could not compare to the joy, and reward of serving Christ. The goal of every child of God should be to hear the Lord say those words on that great judgment day. Life is all about pleasing God. The way to a meaningful life is to dedicate your life to God and to the spreading of His Word. Certainly, Paul’s imprisonment looked horrible to onlookers, but God was giving Paul opportunities to gain rewards. In His sermon on the mount, Jesus said, “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” (Matthew 5:11, 12) Paul wrote to Timothy, “there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his

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