II Corinthians 8:6-10
2Co 5:6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
2Co 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
2Co 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
2Co 5:9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
2Co 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
This passage along with many others is an important warning to help us prepare for our judgment day. Right now, we are not physically in the presence of the Lord, but one day our eternal soul will leave our body and enter eternity. This passage is written to believers in a local church, so it is saying that being absent from the body means we will be present with the Lord. While we are here on earth, we are to live life by faith in the Lord and His Word, which is critically important to our preparation for our judgment day. While we are here on this earth, we need to be serving the Lord by not only living life His way, but also by using our gifts and abilities in His work on earth through church ministry and spreading the Gospel around the world. We need to be faithful in living for the Lord and bringing Him glory here on earth in order to hear those words, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.” Every person ever born is going to stand before the Lord for judgment either for their sinfulness or for their faithfulness. The lost will be judged for their sins at the Great White Throne Judgment before the second and eternal death in Hell. The believers will face their accountability at the Judgement Seat of Christ when we are judged for our faithfulness to the Lord from the day of our Salvation since our sins were judged in Jesus on the cross. Every believer, “we must all appear,” will stand before the Lord and everyone will be rewarded based on their faithfulness to the Lord in their life here on earth. This accountability is for the things we have done while in our physical bodies living life on earth since our Salvation. It is according to the things that were done while we were living as a child of God here on earth. According to the good things we have done in the body, the faithful will be blessed with rewards according to II Corinthians 3. And according the same passage, the bad things we do that are unfaithful to the Lord and to His will for our lives will cause us to suffer the loss of rewards we could have received if we would have been faithful.