Envision the day you stand before Jesus and look back over your life. “God will give to each one whatever praise is due” (1 Corinthians 4:5 nlt). Your Savior will declare the final outcome of your life:
“With God’s help John Doe took on the enemies of his promised land and drove them out.
“Abused as a child yet stable as an adult.
“Tempted with drugs yet sober and steady.
“Strayed off course yet returned with vigor.”
One by one the conquests will be read and celebrated.
Every witness will rejoice at the work God did. This is God’s goal for you. This is your inheritance: more victory than defeat, more joy than sadness, more hope than despair.
“So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, continue working out your salvation with awe and reverence, for the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of his good pleasure – is God.”
Philippians 2:12-13 NET
“So then, do not judge anything before the time. Wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the motives of hearts. Then each will receive recognition from God.”
1 Corinthians 4:5 NET