Are Good Intentions Enough?


Gold and Silver or Hay, Wheat and Stubble

When you stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ, how will the Lord judge your service if you had a good heart and good intentions, but in reality your service worked against God’s Kingdom?

Let’s say a man stood on the street corner and screamed at people to turn or burn.  His intentions were good, although perhaps his methods were not Biblical.  Rather than leading anyone to salvation, one passerby, who was so accosted, was actually turned off and dismissed the gospel message for many years.  

That service by the itinerate street preacher, which seemingly alienated that hearer from the Lord, is that hay, wheat, and stubble, or gold, silver, and precious stone?

Does the Lord judge us simply on our good intentions, or by the results of our deeds?  

I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.  Jeremiah 17:9-10.