"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ."1
Report cards can make students nervous when having to give a less than desirable report to their parents. I received a report card from one of my sons when he was 13. It read:
Dad's Report Card
Sense of humor: A
It was a birthday card, the inside of which read: "Let's see if we can't bring that last grade up a bit, Dad!"
Jokes aside, I wonder if we wouldn't be better parents if we were regularly graded by our kids!
Whenever there is accountability with responsibility the results are usually more effective. For example, in ancient Rome when the scaffolding was removed from a completed Roman arch, the law required the engineer who built it to test its strength by standing beneath it.
The engineer knew his life depended on the quality of his work. Thus, it is no accident that Roman arches have survived for hundreds of years!
Perhaps it would be wise to remind ourselves that each of us is accountable and eventually will stand before God to give an account of how we have lived and served God while here on earth. May each of us hear the Savior say, "Well done good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord."
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, grant that when my works are tested, that they won't burn up as wood, hay and stubble, but will, by Your grace, be as pure gold. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."
1. 2 Corinthians 5:10.