2 Corinthians 5:11 indicates it is because of this solemn fear of the Lord, which is ever present in our minds, that we work so hard to win others.
Paul described his motivation for preaching the gospel to be based in part upon the fear of the Lord.
When we think of the fear of the Lord we mostly think in terms of the Old Testament where God would discipline Israel through terrible storms, awful plagues or ruthless invaders. Most Christians put that ‘God’ out of their minds and gravitate to the God of love Jesus seemed to embody.
Yet the Bible is clear that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. It is this God Who will judge all people, including Christians, based upon their work done for His glory. Paul describes this judgment in the verses preceding his statement above.
Paul expected God to weigh and measure him based upon the assignment God had given to him and in light of that judgment, Paul did not want to be found wanting. God will do the same to everyone beginning with those who claim to be in relationship with Him through Jesus the Savior.
The God of the Old Testament should terrify us for we see what He did to Israel, He continued His wrath against sin upon His Own Son Who pleaded for a way out but was denied, and Who promises to once again judge all people. We will be weighed and measured, the question is only will we be found wanting.
The will of God is for all people to call upon Him for mercy submitting to Him as Lord. This will is carried out by those who have already done so and can describe the benefits of such a decision.
God has committed the building of His Kingdom to the faithfulness of His people engaging that work with His Spirit Who also is at work in the hearts and minds of people.
If we want to receive God’s reward we must focus upon God’s work and that is the winning and discipling of the nations in Christ.