1. On the day of the Lord, God will judge us for how we lived on earth. As Christians, we can know people by the fruit of their actions (Matthew 7:15-20), but we often find ourselves judging the people themselves. A responsibility that belongs to God alone. What area of life do you find yourself crossing over from fruit inspector to being a judge?
2. Our works, while we are on earth, are vital, but they aren't what saves us. They do glorify our Father in heaven, which can lead to rewards. We all like the idea of receiving good things, but the motive for our work should always be love. Can you share about a time you did something for a non-believer who couldn't or wouldn't be able to return the favor?
3. Pastor Randy identified five different crowns mentioned in the New Testament. The crown of righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8), the incorruptible crown (1 Corinthians 9:25-27), the crown of life (James 1:12), the crown of rejoicing (1 Thessalonians 2:19), and the crown of glory (1 Peter 5:4).
While we hope everyone who reads this is a long way off from seeing God in person, the reality is that someday we will. Take a moment to pray about how you have lived your life so far. Which crown do you think you would receive if the day of the Lord were tomorrow? Why do you think you would get that crown?