Life is full of uncertainty; we can’t foresee what challenges or blessings await us. But according to Hebrews 9:27, we can all be sure of two things: “It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.”
With the exception of believers living at the moment of rapture (1 Cor. 15:50-53), every human being has an appointment with death. Likewise, each person will also stand before the Judge. However, the purpose of judgment and the resulting destination will be very different for Christ-followers and nonbelievers.
The good news is we can choose which judgment we’ll experience.
All who trusted in Jesus will stand before the judgment seat of Christ to be recompensed for what they’ve done (2 Corinthians 5:10). Since their sins are forgiven and their eternal destiny in heaven is secure, this judgment is to reward, not punish. But all who rejected Christ’s sacrifice on their behalf will find themselves at the Great White Throne Judgment, where their deeds will irreversibly seal their destiny in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15).
The good news is that during our lifetime, we can choose which judgment we’ll experience. If we believe Jesus is the Son of God—who died for our sins and rose again—we have an inheritance reserved in heaven (1 Peter 1:4).
If you have not yet made this decision, don’t delay. There’s no way to know how many days or years of your earthly life remain. But by choosing to follow Jesus, there is actually a third thing you can be sure of—that you will spend eternity in His presence.