You're on Probation

Whether You Believe It or Not!

by Pastor John Hamel


For we must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” (2Corinthians 5:10)


Nobody lives on this present Earth forever. It doesn’t take a Rocket Scientist to figure that one out.  We live on this little Planet for a short time only and then comes the Day of Judgment – your Judgment. Until then you’re on probation – whether you believe it or not!


“… it is appointed unto men [and womb-men] once to die, but after this the Judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27)


If you should die as a Christ-rejecter you will go to what the Holy Bible refers to as “The Great White Throne Judgment.” (Revelation 20:11-15)  


That’s a Judgment of Punishment for rejecting Jesus, God’s means of escape.  From there you’ll be cast eternally into the “Lake of Fire.” (Psalm 9:17)  You don’t even have to believe this for it to be true.  God doesn’t need your agreement or permission to fulfill His Word.


If you die as a Christ-accepter, or a Christian, you will face what the Holy Bible refers to as “The Judgment Seat of Christ.”  


This is a Judgment of Rewards for the faithful Christian.  It is also a Judgment where rewards will be taken away from the unfaithful, slothful, selfish Christ-accepter.  You can read about all that in the verses below.


“Remember, there is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus Christ. Take particular care in picking out your building materials. Eventually there is going to be an inspection. If you use cheap or inferior materials, you'll be found out. The inspection will be thorough and rigorous. You won't get by with a thing. If your work passes inspection, fine; if it doesn't, your part of the building will be torn out ... But you won't be torn out; you'll survive—but just barely.” (1 Corinthians 3:11-15, Message Bible)


What could be clearer?  


If, as a Christian, you spend your Probationary Period on Earth building with cheap or inferior materials such as immorality, drugs, alcohol, gossip, lying, disobedience, etc., you’re not going to pass God’s rigorous inspection. Your shoddy workmanship is going to be ripped out. 


That means payday is going to be a sad day for you. You’ll have rewards taken away and not given to you. Oh, you’ll make it into Heaven alright – but just barely.  Sure, you’ll be walking those streets paved with gold – behind a push broom or a buffing machine! 


All kidding aside, this will be a time of great shame, tears and sorrow as you watch your worthless works demolished before your very eyes.  


You’ll also see the superior works of the Believers who built on God’s Word, morality, honor and love pass the Lord’s thorough and rigorous inspection. You’ll tearfully watch as they receive the rewards you could have had, too.  Rewards of Eternal position, power and privilege!  


Some Christians wrongly believe that Almighty God has already planned their Eternal destiny for them. They couldn’t be more wrong. 


The verses of Scripture you just read teach that we are all determining our own Eternal destiny by the things we are doing on Earth right now.  


That’s why this message is called “You’re on Probation.”  What you’re doing now is determining what you’re going to be doing then. Believe it or not!


Jesus tells all Believers to “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel.” (Mark 16:15-20)  


This means that everyone is either called to go or to help someone who is called to go.  You do this with your prayers and your finances. 


You can also share Jesus with the people in your world of influence.  “I don’t know how to do that,” you say.  


Just open your Bible to John 14:6 and read it to them. Then turn to Romans 10 verses 9 and 10. Read that to them, too. Ask them if they believe it.  


If they do, tell them to say, “Jesus, You’re my choice” and they’ll be saved


This is how I started out sharing the Gospel. This is how everyone starts out sharing the Gospel. 


If folks don’t accept what you show them, ask them to read this and tell them, “You’re in trouble, whether you believe it or not!”


Remember, as a Christian you have two appointments just ahead of you.  You will not reschedule or skip either one.  


One is with death.  


The other is with the Judgment Seat of Christ.  There you will be given rewards or have them taken away from you.  


It all depends on what you choose to do with what the Holy Spirit is telling you right now – “You’re on probation. Whether you believe it or not!”


Say, “Jesus, You’re my choice” if you’re reading this as a non-Christian. That’ll get you into the Family. 


Then tell everyone you can about Jesus, the only Savior of all mankind


You’re on probation, too, whether you believe it or not!


Be Blessed ... John and Barbara Hamel



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