When the Books are Opened

September 15, 2016

Revelations 20:11-15

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. 14Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire

When the Books are Opened

Every day a record is kept of our lives.  We can never deny what we do, or say, or think doesn’t make a difference, because we are held accountable for our lives and what we have done with them.  I am sure there will be a lot of folks that will be trying to fix the blame for their faults or failures on someone else.  When it boils down to it, you and I have a free will we alone are accountable for our own lives and what we have done with them.  While each one is judged according to his works, there is another book that we don’t want to fail to be found in.  That is the book of life. This book is not a book of works, but of those that were found washed in the blood of Christ and in relationship with the Son of God.  It won’t be about those who did the most works or the ones that were the most religious; it will be about those who lived in the faith of the Son of God.   For any that are not found in this book it carries the most sobering of consequences, “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”  We can try to explain that away any way we want too, but the bottom line is, that it is what it is.  Our responsibility and our purpose in Christ is to make sure our name is there through salvation that we have through acceptance by faith of the shed blood of Christ.  Beyond that, it is also our responsibility to be His instruments in bringing as many other names into this book as we are able to through the Holy Spirit.  Unfortunately many of us really have the mentality that it is just about me, the wife, the two kids, us four and no more.  We fail to have a vision and the heart of God for others.  The bottom line is that we are God’s players in the earth.  If we don’t fulfill our commission and calling a lot more people will face that lake of fire.  Their blood will be upon our heads.  That is not to condemn us, it is to wake you and me up to the sobering fact that our life has to be about others and how we can affect their destiny for eternity.  These may not be issues that we care to think or talk about, but someday we’ll be standing before God giving account as to why we never spoke or gave the gospel to those that we worked with or interacted with in our lives.  Will we be so different than the servant who when that master went away he gave him a talent to invest and to bring increase, but this servant went and buried his in the ground.  He hid it, he didn’t share it or invest it and when he had to give account for his actions he was cast out and his talent was given to another more faithful.  

Life is about many things, but most of all it is not about what we can get, but what we can give.  The most precious gift you can give any person is to share your witness and testimony with another and have them come to Christ as a result.  That is the greatest miracle and it is in your and my power to give it.  Sharing Christ isn’t always easy for us, but it should become a way of life as we share Him through our actions, our words and our lives.  Our whole life should be a testimony to Him.  

Let us take time to think about when these books are opened and what they will have to say about us.  Each day we are writing upon the pages of those judgement books.  Allow Christ to be seen on every page of your life and may our legacy be that we brought many with us into the kingdom through our lives and our witness for Christ.

Blessings,

#kent

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