So growing up in a fundamentalist religion I was either told directly or it was implied, that the judgment for ALL would be a great big movie screen showing a movie of our life and all the terrible things we had done. That God was going to reveal all our junk one by one to all who came to the show and scold, punish, shame etc. what we didn’t’ get right on this earth. For YEARS I held onto that image and worried that I was never good enough to hear “Well done, good and faithful servant,” (Matt 25:21.) To this day I still struggle with perfectionism, which I know hanging onto this childhood world view did not help.
NT states, “This is one of the biggest lies there is. God’s judgment is the judgment of the creator on all that spoils his creation.” Verse 15 goes on to say, “the time has come for judging the dead, AND for rewarding your servants, the prophets and your people who revere your name both great and small… It is for destroying the destroyers of the earth.” Well where was this verse my whole life!!!!
I did eventually come to realize that the childhood world view was inaccurate, or a flat out lie as NT says, but for today, I believe God gave me a gift to let me see this scripture in a whole new light. I continue to work toward getting rid of my perfectionism and build into my ability at being a better servant.