10 But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11 For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.” 12 So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God (Romans 14).
Indeed, we may all well appear “before the judgment seat of God” in a “standing” position—but none of us will end up in that way. No, “every knee shall bow” to that righteous Judge, as we all “give an account” of ourselves to God. And the point is, the only person we will be talking about before the throne—is ourselves.
We think we can stand before God now and spout off all kinds of things about other folks, when one day we will all kneel before Him in abject humility over our sins, deep gratitude for the forgiveness for them, and profound wonder at the grace shown to us in light of them. All of us have had the experience of job interviews—and we are told to be bold and self-promoting in them. There will be none of this in that heavenly interview!
Lord, we look forward to that day when each one of us will bow before You, the righteous judge—but only because in the end we know we will find grace there. Until then, help us every day, including This Day, to give grace to others. Amen.