Years ago, a game came out called “Trivial Pursuit”. Wikipedia Says, “Trivial Pursuit is a board game from Canada in which winning is determined by a player’s ability to answer general knowledge and popular culture questions (hence ‘Trivial things’). The game was created on December 15, 1979 in Montreal in Quebec, by Canadian Chris Haney, a photo editor for Montreal’s The Gazette, and Scott Abbott, a sports editor for The Canadian Press. After finding pieces of their Scrabble game missing, they decided to create their own game. With the help of John Haney and Ed Werner, they completed development of the game, which was released in 1981.
In North America, the game’s popularity peaked in 1984, a year in which over 20 million games were sold. The rights to the game were initially licensed to Selchow and Righter in 1982, then to Parker Brothers (now part of Hasbro) in 1988, after initially being turned down by the Virgin Group; in 2008 Hasbro bought the full rights, for US$80 million. As of 2014, more than 100 million games had been sold in 26 countries and 17 languages. Northern Plastics of Elroy, Wisconsin produced 30,000,000 games between 1983 and 1985. In December 1993, Trivial Pursuit was named to the ‘Games Hall of Fame’ by Games magazine.”
Trivia can be fun in a board game. But is there anything really “trivial” in the Christian life? While certainly there is a hierarchy of priorities in our lives, is any part of our day, any part of our life considered “trivial” by God? For instance, does it really matter how we choose to dress today? Does it matter how we groom ourselves? Does it matter what we eat or how much we eat? Perhaps less trivial, yet still seemingly not earth-shattering: Does it really matter if we resist that temptation to slander another today? Does it really matter whether or not we go to church this Sunday? These can seem like such trivial things.
Not if you understand the God of the Bible. Everything we do (or don’t do) is kept in record by God (Ps. 139). There is nothing trivial. Whether it be good or bad, whether worthy or worthless, it counts. And it is upon these things people will be judged; either at the Great White Throne for unbelievers or at the Bema Seat of Christ for believers (where our “works” will be evaluated not our sins).
I am reminded of this when I read verses such as are found in Mk. 12:38-40:
“And in his teaching he said, ‘Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces 39 and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 40 who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.'”
The Scriptures are clear that not only is there great reward for faithfulness (Gen. 15:1; Ps. 19:11; Mt. 5:12; Luke 6:23, 35; Heb. 10:36), there is great condemnation for disobedience. But what is perhaps most interesting is that some will receive greater rewards than others as is implied by the five crowns in the NT that will be won by some and not by all. Likewise, there are some who will receive greater condemnation.
Even as there are degrees of reward there are degrees of punishment. The Scribes of Jesus’ day were those who would receive greater condemnation. They had such privilege and they abused it. Hitler’s condemnation will be far greater than that “good guy” neighbor down the street who is not a believer.
Now, for those who are children of God through faith in Christ, there is no condemnation. Christ took that. What matters to us is the Bema Seat of Christ at which we will garner rewards or suffer loss. The loss suffered is not our salvation but our eternal rewards. Those might not seem very important to us today but I guarantee you they will be of utmost importance on that day and for all eternity. It is at the Bema Seat that our eternal and unchanging position of privilege and blessing in Heaven will be determined. That will remain static for all eternity. There will be no chance of earning rewards once in the eternal state. We will be what we will be forever in terms of our standing, function, and privilege in Heaven.
This is why today matters. That is why nothing is trivial. That is why Paul says, “Do all to the glory of God”. It matters if we indulge in sinfulness today or not. It matters what our motives are in terms of serving Christ. It matters…and that eternally…how we live every day of our lives.
Your life is not trivial. The moments and events of your life are not trivial to God. All are going to be evaluated and rewards (or loss) will be meted out. Life may be made up of things requiring varied priority, but none of it is trivial.