14:10b …For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 14:11 For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to me, and every tongue will give praise to God.” 14:12 Therefore, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
It’s sobering to be reminded that we each give account individually for the choices we make and lifestyle we live. This should motivate us to live such good lives so as to bring maximum glory to God, without feeling responsible for the “gray area” choices of others. They certainly will have to give account for what they did in life, but not to me. I can let go of my differing opinions.
It’s interesting for me to observe that the judgment referenced in this passage about gray areas is one of praise, not condemnation. It seems the more our lifestyles reflect the character of God, the more praise we will be able to offer Him and that should be an incentive. I find it also interesting that there is no mention of punishment for coming down on the wrong side of a gray area. Seems to go back to the idea of Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
I mentioned that this passage should motivate us to make the best choices. Jonathan Edwards sought to be the godliest man on the planet in his generation. He didn’t compare himself to others or settle for second best. He wanted God to be most glorified in his actions. He’s one of my heros and one whom I want to be like in this area.