20 And these things doth the Spirit manifest unto me; therefore I write unto you all. And for this cause I write unto you, that ye may know that ye must all stand before the judgment-seat of Christ, yea, every soul who belongs to the whole human family of Adam; and ye must stand to be judged of your works, whether they be good or evil;…
22 And I would that I could persuade all ye ends of the earth to repent and prepare to stand before the judgment-seat of Christ.
(Mormon 3:20, 22)
The apostle Paul urged members of the church to avoid judging each other and focus instead on preparing for the judgment we will one day receive from the Savior:
But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.
In the Book of Mormon passage above, the prophet Mormon similarly encourages us to prepare for the day when we will stand before the Savior. At that time, nothing will matter more to us than what He thinks of us. As the prophet Isaiah taught in a passage quoted by Paul above, “every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear” (Isaiah 45:23). There will be no confusion about His divinity at that time. The question will no longer be what we think of Him but what He thinks of us.
Elder Neil L. Anderson has taught:
Even with His love for all mankind, Jesus reprovingly referred to some around Him as hypocrites, fools, and workers of iniquity. He approvingly called others children of the kingdom and the light of the world. He disapprovingly referred to some as blinded and unfruitful. He commended others as pure in heart and hungering after righteousness. He lamented that some were faithless and of the world, but others He esteemed as chosen, disciples, friends. And so we each ask, “What thinks Christ of me?” (“What Thinks Christ of Me?” General Conference, April 2012)
Today, I will ask myself if the Savior would be pleased with my actions, my desires, and my attitudes. I will prepare to stand before His judgment seat by making decisions today which He would approve of and by repenting promptly when I fall short of that ideal.