Reading: Psalm 98
The psalmist solemnly reminds us that the Lord “will judge the world in righteousness and the people with equity”. It is a truth we know: one day we will all stand before the judgment seat to be deemed worthy of heaven or to be condemned to hell. We do not know the when or the how, but we know that the who and what we are now is not forever.
God will first judge in righteousness. There will be truth in how we are judged. The simple question that is illustrated in the parable of the sheep and the goats will be the one Jesus asks us: “Do you know me”? It is the hope and prayer of every Christian that when Jesus looks back over the course of our lives, that He will see we knew Him. It will be revealed in how we lived out our daily life. It will be revealed in how we treated our neighbor and the stranger in our midst. It will be revealed in how we used the gifts and talents and blessings God gave us to help build the kingdom here.
God will also judge with equity. Loving God and loving neighbor can look like and be a lot of different things. There is not just one way to love. By judging with equity God will look at each of us uniquely. If I was given the gift of teaching, did I teach others about God and faith? If I was placed in a situation to help the person on the street, did I? If I was feeling the call or nudge to go to a friend in need, did I respond? We will each be judged by our own lives, not against some set standard.
When Jesus asks, “Did you know me?” may our answer be a joyous “Yes”! And may our Lord and Savior say, “Yes indeed – welcome home”! May we live each day so that one day this will be.