God calls us to accountability through His word.
The word of God is a witness unto itself. God calls us to obedience and when we do not obey, there are consequences. There are many accounts in the bible that lead to this conclusion. One account in particular is the account of the result of King Saul's disobedience. When called into account for his acts of disobedience, he had many excuses as to why he did what he did. His correction came from Samuel, the prophet of God.
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king. (I Samuel 15:23)
We should always seek scripture, not man, to live a life that is pleasing to God. We absolutely can not pick and choose what we will believe and not believe, what we will like and not like, what we will do and not do. This was the case with Saul. He picked and chose what He would destroy and what He would not destroy despite the fact of what God said.
Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. (1 Samuel 15:3)
King Saul's disobedience led to this consequence from God:
And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord hath rejected thee from being king over Israel. And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent. And Samuel said unto him, The Lord hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou. 1 Samuel 15:26-28
It is truly a sad thing to observe someone living according to their own righteousness; not realizing that their efforts in the end were in vain.
For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. Romans 10:3
There will be only 2 basic divisions of people who are tried in the final judgments: Believers and unbelievers. Let's discuss the Christian, - the body of Christ, the believers of God. What will happen to us on judgement day?
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every man may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. (II Corinthians 5:10)
The works of true believers will be judged on the basis of obedience. The parables of the talents in Matthew 25 and the parable of the pounds in Luke 19 were told by Jesus to illustrate this truth. In both these parables, servants were judged on the basis of what they had done with what they had been given. They were told to invest funds for their masters. Servants who were disobedient were judged unfaithful. Just like these parables, our Master has given us a responsibility. That responsibility is known as the Great Commission:
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. (Matthew 28:19-20)
Some believers have greater responsibilities than others in this commission. Some are called as pastors, evangelists, teachers, etc.
And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Ephesians 4:11-12
But every born-again believer has some responsibility in reaching the world with the Gospel. Believers will be judged on the basis of their faithfulness to the responsibility God has given them:
Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. (I Corinthians 4:2)
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life. (John 5:24)
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)
If we confess our sins, He [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9)
The righteous are destined to eternal life in the presence of God. The presence of God is called Heaven. In the Bible it is described by several names:
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2)
* A Heavenly Country: The Bible compares Heaven to a country to which we are traveling just as Israel traveled to the Promised Land:
But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly; wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He hath prepared for them a city. (Hebrews 11:16)
* A City: Heaven is compared to a city:
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of Heaven... (Revelation 21:2)
The Bible reveals some wonderful things about Heaven. It is a place of:
Reigning With Christ:
To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in His throne. (Revelation 3:21)
...fell down and worshipped Him that liveth for ever and ever. (Revelation 5:14)
Light And Glory:
A Place Of New Perspective: Being in Heaven will give us a new perspective on everything:
For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. (Isaiah 65:17)
The Dwelling Place Of God: