Tuesday, December 16, 2008

More on the Role of Works

The saints tell us we shall be judged by how much we have come to resemble Christ; in fact, how thoroughly we have become united with Him. To what extent is it true of you or of me that “I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me”? To what extent have we fallen short? (To fall short, to miss the mark, is the best definition of sin.) This is what is to be revealed on the Last Day, the degree of our glory or the degree of our degradation. Every single thing we do, say, or think, every choice we make, contributes to the way we are found to be in the Day of Judgment; and how this is so, and exactly what went right or wrong, will also be revealed.

And of course, for the Christian, heaven is Christ and Christ is heaven, so it isn’t that we are rewarded according to how well Christ is formed in us; rather, that IS our reward.

Or did we want something above and beyond, other and better than Christ?!? Like what, for instance?