The Righteous Judge {Thankful Thursdays}

The racecar was not the most creative or what some would call beautifully designed. But the owner and his father worked for weeks on that little wooden block to turn it into something the ten-year-old boy could be proud to race. A previous race showed what needed to be done for a car to make it in the top five. After careful designing, sanding, painting, and graphite the car was finished.

Frog's Lilypad: Thankful Thursdays - The Righteous Judge

The day of the race, many were oohing and aahing over expertly designed and decorated cars. Picking out the cars a father or grandfather created without the interference of a child was easy. The little boy who carefully designed and painted his car was up against several professional looking cars. He was nervous and his Dad and Momma were nervous. The buzzer sounded, the gate dropped, and the cars took off down the track. All of them slowed down or stopped half way to the finish line except for the little yellow and black car. This happened every time the boy’s car raced. His Momma’s heart swelled with pride because she knew he would not win for creativity or perfect painting and design.

Several fathers came over with questions being asked. The first thing out of my husband’s mouth was “This is his race, his car; he did most of the work himself with some graphite for speed. I wanted him to have a car he built and could be proud of whether he won anything or not.” That little car did two things that day, it finished each race and made a 10-year-old boy proud, and in the end, he took home 1st place in speed.

The Righteous Judge

When I think back to the judging of the cars that day, one particular judge pointed out a mishap in the painting of the car. While there was only a little dribble of paint that had marked the bottom of the car, this judge saw it and pointed it out to the others. That one little spot caused points to be taken away. As a momma, I felt the mark should have been ignored, after all, it was on the bottom of the car. Since I am not a judge, I did not know all he was looking for on the car.

In Paul’s encouraging letter to Timothy, he is telling him to continue in his work no matter
what.(2 Timothy 4:1-4) Timothy had a ministry he was called to do, and he was responsible to fulfill it. (2 Timothy 4:5) He needed to be faithful until the end. Timothy would need to fight a good fight, finish his course, and keep the faith, just as Paul did to receive the promised crown.(2 Timothy 4:7)

When we live a life faithful to God and the second coming we will receive the crown of righteousness. The Lord, the Righteous Judge will give this crown in heaven. His discernment in distributing the crown will be given without prejudice. When we are standing before Him, we are going to either be ashamed because we didn’t stay faithful to the Lord, or we will stand there with a smile on our face, with our hands out to take the crown so we can give it back to Him.

While it is easy to know Paul deserves this crown, doubts comes when we think about ourselves and the people around us. It’s a good thing, our opinions don't matter and our judging isn't worth anything in the end. But if we are watching for, waiting and longing for His appearance, then one day, we too will receive this crown. We don’t have to be perfect, just faithful to God.

We don't have to be perfect, just faithful.

There are many crowns waiting for Christians. While Salvation is a gift, crowns are for those who live in obedience to the Bible. Jesus’ shed blood should be a plea to us, to lay down our lives for Him.

Lord, give us an increasing desire to see You and be with You. Give us the strength to be faithful to You and the ministry you have called us.

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  1. Lori thanks so much for the link up. Oh those judges when Our children are small. i remember school science projects and one my son did, and responses he didn't do that by himself.

    have a blessed weekend.

  2. Lori, it is my desire to hear the words,,,"Well Done" by the Righteous Judge. I want to please Him in all that I do so He is glorified while I run the race set before me. Thank you for reminding us we are running a race for Christ. I am blessed to have come across an encourager like yourself to run alongside with in this race. Have a fantastic weekend and may God richly bless you and yours!

  3. Amen and amen. You have given your child the gift of learning more than just how to build a race car!

  4. What an encouraging post. As a mother, my heart hurt for your little boy and the paint this judge found/pointed out, but I love how you tied this in with your wonderful reminder. You must be such a proud Mom of your little boy, who did all his work by himself. That is something he will always remember!

  5. Amen to this, Lori! "It’s a good thing, our opinions don’t matter and our judging isn’t worth anything in the end." I'm glad the God of all grace is in charge of that.

  6. Lori, what a perfect illustration! We judge the wrong things. God looks at our faith. Congratulations to your son and his father for being so wise.

  7. Thanks, Debbie. That race was6 years ago, and we all learned from it.

  8. We were all proud of him, Bibi. Writing about it brought that Mother's heart out. Thanks for visiting.

  9. Thanks, Michele. It is something we've tried to teach him.

  10. Thank you, Horace. I'm glad to have a fellow encourager in you. If we don't encourage each other to keep running the race, it will be hard to finish it. Have a great weekend.

  11. Some of those judges can be hairy to deal with, Debbie.

  12. I finally made it over here (I think you know what I've been busy at haha) and what a surprise to discovered my post from last week is the featured post! Now I.m on my way to check out some of this weeks. :)

  13. I'm glad you made over here, Deborah. Have a good weekend.

  14. I love that you allowed your son to do the work! We are always the ones with the least eloquent science project or school project because my kiddos do 95% of the work. I only advise where there are questions and help them think through their plan. I love that they are growing up as independent young men because of it, too!

    Blessings and smiles,

  15. I always knew which kids did all the work on science projects. It was easy to grade them because I knew their ability. The parent projects drove me nuts trying to grade them. Making kids do their own work teaches them a lot of responsibility.


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