For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5:10

I think most Christians believe that when they die they will all go to heaven with other believers and experience the same heaven in the same way. However, that doesn’t seem to be what the Bible teaches. In 2 Corinthians 5 we are told that every believer will appear before the judgment seat of Christ and Christ will examine our lives. This is not to determine entrance into heaven, that is taken care of when we place our faith in Christ. This judgment seems to be one that evaluates what we have done after we place our faith in Christ, whether what we did was good or bad (worthless). From the many places this event is mentioned in Scripture, such as Matthew 25 and Luke 19, it would appear that what we do and our motives for doing those things will determine how we experience eternity. It seems that all believers are going to the same heaven, but we will all experience it differently. The more we do for God’s glory, out of love for Him in this life, deepens our capacity to experience and enjoy heaven for eternity! Think of that for a moment. How you choose to spend the next few years of your life, will determine how you experience the next trillion years of your existence! 

Pastor Jason Norton