The Judgment Seat

When the parishioners entered their church one Sunday, they were surprised to find the front pew on the right side of the auditorium gone.  Was it sent out for repairs?  To be re-upholstered, perhaps?  Questions rumbled through the crowd as they seated themselves in the other pews.  The preacher entered and gestured toward the empty space. “If you’re wondering why the front pew is gone, well, wonder no more.  I had the deacons remove it yesterday.  I call it the judgement seat and there’s no room in this church family for a judgement seat.  Today I want to change our focus from judging to loving others.”  And then he quoted Mother Teresa.  “If you judge people you have no time to love them.”

Jesus said in John 13:47 NIV, “I didn’t come to judge the world, but to save it.”  “For God so loved…”

I am always amazed at how my blessing can be disrupted if someone sits in my pew at church or parks their vehicle in my space or the praise team performs what I consider a “boogie-woogie” tune during the service.  Notice the words in italics.  When I choose to sit in the judgement seat, my focus is on I, me, my, mine.  There’s no room for love in that equation–something to consider as I prepare my heart to worship my God this weekend.

Another Mother Teresa quote on the topic of loving others:  “I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I do know that when…it comes time for God to judge me, He will not ask, “How many good things have you done in your life?  Rather He will ask, How much love did you put into what you did?”

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