Track Record

July 3 2024

Series: Relationships

Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 5:10

The lesson is this: what someone has done before is usually the best indicator of what will
happen next time.
The best predictor of the future is the past.
When we trust someone, we place ourselves in a vulnerable position, depending on someone
to behave or perform in a certain way. !
And by definition, if they don’t, we will get hurt in some way—emotionally, relationally,
financially, or even physically. !
If we don’t know if they are able to come through for our vulnerability, or especially if they have
never done it before, we are rolling the dice. !
But if we know, based on a track record, that they have performed in a certain way before, the
odds go up considerably.!
The Record Is On File!
2 Corinthians 5:10!
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the
things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.!
We all live in a world that is given to “records.”!
Birth records, death records, property transfers, bank records, and social security
numbers…just about every thing that deals with a person’s life is on some kind of record.!
If I had just an inkling of information on a total stranger I could with a little leg work find out
anything I would like to know about them.!
As long as we live we will never!
be able to escape the record keeping system of the world.!
What do records show about us?!
They tell information about our lives, where we live, how much money we have in the bank, if
we are or not a citizen, etc.!
Have you thought about what kind of record your life is making for the world to see?!
The Bible text for this morning reminds us that “all” will one day stand before the “judgment
seat of Christ” and give and accounting of our life’s record.!
Now let me remind us that the judgment seat of Christ will not be about the sins that we have
or will commit.
Our sins were judged at the cross on that fateful day when Jesus died for the sins of the entire
world.!
Yes, our sins will and can aect our service to Christ, but they will not be considered at the
judgment seat of Christ.!
The judgment seat of Christ will reveal our lives as to how they were lived for Christ…our
service to Him.!
We still sin daily and those sins will have an aect upon our service, but praise God those sins
have been forgiven at the cross.!
The Psalmist reminds us that God has not only forgiven our sins (past, present and future) but
has forgotten them and in essence discarded them His presence.!
Psalm 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our
transgressions from us.” KJV!
Oh, we need to be remorseful for those sins indeed. Why?!
Every sin that you or I commit is like a slap in the face of Jesus.!
Oh if we could only remember that when we give into sinful desires.!
But I’m glad that I can go directly to Him through the conviction of the Holy Spirit when I sin
and seek immediate forgiveness for them, even though Jesus knew of them before I committed
the act.!
That’s how I know that I’m His.!
If I can sin or you can sin and
we feel nothing but joy
then something wrong with the picture.
So let this be a barometer of your position before Jesus.!
The Bible says that nothing will be hidden from Jesus.!
1 Corinthians 4:5 says – Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both
will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the
hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.!
Have you ever thought what it is going to be like when we stand before Jesus at the judgment
seat?!
Will we plead our case?
Will we give excuse after excuse
for not serving more faithfully?
Will we try to bargain with Jesus?
I think we will be like anyone who stands before a judge in a court of law. Quiet and attentive.!
Illustration:Speeding ticket…not guilty or ge an attorney!
We will stand before Him and wait His word.!
When we stand before Christ our lives will be laid open before the tribunal of Christ.!
The judgment seat of Christ will reveal our lives of service for Christ exactly as they have been.!
As one commentator puts it, the judgment seat will be about “not only the amount of our
service, but also its quality, and even the very motives that prompted it will be brought into
review.!
One can only imagine what its going to be like, but in the scheme of things it will what’s right
and fair.!
I’m sure that each one of us must conclude that our service has not been the best, the quality
wasn’t up to par, and maybe our motives were a bit o base at times.!
So get ready for that day is coming!!
So what can we do in the mean time?!
We can “recommit” our lives to Him right now…seeking His presence in our lives, seeking His
guidance in our service.!
Will He truly say to you? Well done!!
You’ll have to answer that question for yourself based upon what you know about your own
life.!
We may look good on the outside, but inwardly we know that we have issues…we all do.!
I have my issues and you have yours.!
Most of them brought on by our own actions.!
The judgment seat has to do with service,
not salvation.
If we are saved that’s a done deal, but our service is about reward and loss at that time.!
It’s the wood, hay and stubble kind of thing.!
There is coming a day when each one’s work will become clear.!
  • Every hidden agenda will be revealed.!
    Every ego will revealed.!
    Every act will be known.!
    We need to exercise care in how we as Christians are living this life that we have been given to
    live.!
    Service that was true service will not be aected by “fire” of God.!
    Notice 1 Corinthians 3:13-15 says. Pay close attention to it.!
    Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be
    revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14If any man’s work
    abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15If any man’s work shall be
    burned, he shall suer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.!
    In other words, the gold, silver and precious stones of our life will not be aected by the “fire”
    of the judgment, but the useless wood, hay, and stubble will succumb to the “fire.”!
    The fire here is not the “fire” of eternal damnation, but rather the judgment of Jesus upon
    man’s service.!
    The fire will test each one’s work, of what sort (kind of work) it is.!
    If service is profitable, then we will be rewarded.!
    If service is useless and wasted, loss of reward will occur.!
    Don’t end up saved and get to heaven to have your rewards taken from you.!
    To put this in simply down to earth understanding — If we are building in accordance with the
    teachings of the Bible, then our work will stand the test in that coming day.!
    Listen! Today each one of us needs to consider our “service” to the Lord.!
    Is your service what it should be?
    Are you “serving” with hidden agendas, serving to inflate your ego, or merely acting in service?!
    The Record is on file! Your record. My record.!
    I don’t know about you but I want what I’m doing to count for something.!
    I want to “touch lives” by my life.!
    I want to be an example of a “good and faithful” servant don’t you?!
    What would happen in the church today if everyone would be serious about their stand before
    Almighty God?!
  • We had a group of people that would not only love Christ, but live their lives that Christ would
    be exemplified in that life.!
    I’m sure that I’ll have some service that will not measure up to the “fire” of God at the judgment
    seat of Christ.!
    I know I’ve not always been a faithful servant with what God has given me…and you probably
    would have to agree with me.!
    Not about me, but rather about yourself.!
    Do you want to be found faithful when it all is said and done?!
    Then take care of those issues today.!
    Remember the point: We are making a lasting record of our lives.!
    Everything we do or not do is being “recorded” as a testament of our service.!
    When Jesus looks at our record will He say, “Well done!” or “You should have done better!”!
    Remember salvation is not the question today–that’s established if we have made Jesus our
    Lord and Savior.!
    Service is an important thing to consider this day.!
    Of course, if you’re not saved you should consider that very importantly.!
    If you are saved, then you should really take a long hard look at the measure of service you are
    given to the cause of Christ and His church.!
    Let the record speak truthfully today in your own life.!
    After all, each day we enter another chapter in the “record of our life.”
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