JUDGMENT DAY. Tell me I’m not the only person who’s ever wondered the logistics of it all? Have you? The whole process is intriguing to me. While Jesus Christ is the Great and Eternal Judge of the quick and the dead, I wonder how much judging will actually be done by Him. What if all the judging has already been done by you?
One night while thinking of this intriguing, perhaps frightful day, the following scene developed in my mind. I stood in a long line of heavenly spirits waiting in nervous anticipation as we approached the majestic gate of heaven. As each anxious person inched closer and closer to their judgment, they recognized the Savior standing brilliantly in radiant white. One by one they came to the front of the line and were embraced by Jesus.
The closer I moved to the front of the line, the more aware I became of the loving and tender attention Christ showed each person as He welcomed them into His presence. I saw Him listen carefully to every word spoken. I watched as He tenderly beheld His brothers and sisters and gently took their hands into His.
As the line continued moving forward, I was now just a few feet away from the Savior and had a clear view of all the proceedings. I saw each person stand before the Savior and, in turn, hand Him a measuring stick. I was confused and worried since I hadn’t brought anything with me. “What could it be for?” I thought. I looked down at what I knew to be empty hands, but was stunned as I lifted up my arms to see a measuring stick of my own.
As I intently watched the next few people in line shuffle their feet forward, I noticed each had a measuring stick of different length. Some were very long, others so small they fit in the palm of their hand. The measuring stick I held was long and heavy, and the closer I got to Jesus the more burdensome it was to carry.
The Savior then said, “It is not I who judge you. You bring today your own measure. Your whole life determined how you would be judged. Every judgment you made, and how you made it, has led to this day. You did not extend mercy to those who harmed you. You did not seek to understand others, but eagerly cast stones. You were quick to pass unrighteous judgment, your heart struggled to forgive others, and justice was your only friend. You will be judged by the same measure with which you measured your fellow men.”
I bowed my head and stared at the floor in stunned shame. I could not deny anything He said. Jesus held in His hand the measure which I used to judge the world, and now the weight of that judgment was to be placed upon my own head.
The way you live your life today determines how merciful the Lord will be with you tomorrow. In life it is necessary to judge others, but how righteously we make those judgments determines our own fate. Judgment day may be a far distant event, but the results of that judgment are being decided today, not just by our actions but by how mercifully we view others.