Tozer, Ravenhill and a poem on christians facing the judgment seat of Christ

Excerpted from one of Leonard Ravenhill’s sermons titled: The Judgment Seat of Christ, which you can read in its entirety here.

A.W.Tozer-

A W TozerI think again of a statement A. W. Tozer made to me once. He said, „Len, you know, we’ll hardly get our feet out of time into eternity that we’ll bow our heads in shame and humiliation. We’ll gaze on eternity and say, ‘Look at all the riches there were in Jesus Christ, and I’ve come to the Judgment Seat almost a pauper.'” For God had not only given us Jesus Christ – He has with Him freely given us all things (Rom. 8:32).

Leonard Ravenhill-

I heard the story for years, about the woman who came to Jesus with an alabaster box of ointment, before I understood it – before I realized that she came for one reason only. She came to worship Jesus. How do I know? Because she brought the most sacrificial gift she had and because she never said a word while she was there. How do I know? Because she didn’t wash His feet with water, but with her tears. She didn’t dry His feet with a towel, but she dried His feet with the hair of her head. And she poured out that costly fragrance and then wiped His feet. So what happened? The fragrance she poured out on Him came back on her.

Leonard RavenhillDo you wonder why your life isn’t more fragrant? It’s because you don’t take time to be holy. You don’t take time to be with Jesus. Because you think all the knowledge you get at Bible school is enough. Oh no, God isn’t going to measure your intellect. He’s going to try your life with His fire. Did you get up this morning and thank God you were pure? Did you thank Him that He broke that devilish fever you used to have for sniffing cocaine or something? Are you really glad you’re not a prostitute anymore, but now you’re a part of the Bride of the Lamb instead? Are you glad He removed your bad temper and all those creepy horrible things that used to master you?

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WILL CHRISTIANS BE JUDGED?

I heard a woman say not long ago, „Well, praise the Lord. I’m glad I don’t have to account for anything when I go to heaven. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Wait a minute, you can never isolate a scripture by itself. There’s no condemnation for our past sins, and I’m sure we are all mighty glad of that. But God was always saying to Israel, „Remember when thou wast a bondsman in Egypt…remember your sin…remember your iniquity.”

You might say, „It doesn’t say the Christians are going to be judged out of the books.” Yes, I think it does. Where? In Malachi (Mal. 3:16). It says that God has a Book of Remembrance, and I think it would do you good before you go to bed every night this week to ask God, „What did You put in Your book today for my life?” It doesn’t have to be some outward act. You can worship God on a tractor. It may not be the best way, but you can do it.

The Bible says that „we shall all stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ” (Rom. 14:10). I think that scripture means just what it says.

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Do you get so near to the heart of God that you share His grief over the world and over the backslidden and apostate church that we have today? One of the most famous preachers in the country recently called at nearly midnight and said, „I’ve come to this conclusion: God Almighty has already taken His hand off America – for the simple reason that we’ve had so much light and we’ve rejected it!” It’s not only true that we live in a world of bankrupt politics, we live in a world (this is the most tragic part of all) of a spiritually bankrupt church.

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We ought to live our lives conscious of eternity – ready to be cut off at any moment. If you were to stand before the Lord at this very moment, would you like your life story read by all the millions in eternity? None of the outcasts of hell are going to be there. Won’t it be wonderful – or will it? Or do you think you might shrink a bit when you hear now God used David Brainerd or John Wesley or some little washerwoman that had a life of intercession?

There’s no burden too heavy, or no situation too hard for the one that you love. If we are love-controlled, love-motivated, and love- energized, it will be all right when we stand up there, because if there’s anything about love – it’s obedient. We need to become a people who are baptized with obedience. We need to be submissive to the total will of God, not concerned about human opinion, and not asking for more to spend on ourselves. We need to say, „Oh God, I want this life of mine to glorify You, so that when I stand in Your awesome presence, as John says, I shall not be ashamed at Your appearing” (I John 2:28).

His Plan For Me

When I stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ
And He shows His plan for me,
The plan of my life as it might have been
Had He had His way – and I see
How I blocked Him here, and checked Him there,
And I would not yield my will,
Will there be grief in my Savior’s eyes,
Grief though He loves me still?
Would He have me rich and I stand there poor,
Stripped of all but His grace,
While memory runs like a hunted thing,
Down the paths I cannot retrace.
Lord, of the years that are left to me
I give them to Thy hand
Take me and break me and mold me,
To the pattern that Thou hast planned!
-Author Unknown

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