“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. And 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…” (Revelation 20:11-12 NIV).
Meditating on this scripture, I got to know that we all ( both great and small) will be judged according to our DEEDS. This got me thinking, and I asked myself, ‘So far, what have I done?’. Truthfully, I couldn’t answer this question. All I recall is that I’ve always wanted to have it all- Success, Fame, the best of everything. Forgetting the most important question of life, Is Your Name in the Book of Life?
Life is like a long journey filled with success, failures, triumphs, challenges, victories etc. The end (destination) thereof being your final place of abode. What you did with the experiences encountered on this long journey is recorded in the Books. Your Deeds are the prerequisites for having eternal life. (John 5:28-29 ; Romans 2:6-8). Do not be deceived by what you see in your environment at the moment, if you do not do good all the days of your life, the bible says you will be condemned. In other words, don’t get distracted by the cares of life. We all want to feel good by having the best of life. Some will do unimaginable things to get such comfort, while others will go about it the right way. One question we should ask ourselves in our quest for life is this, ‘Is this particular thing I did recorded in Heaven at the moment? If its being recorded, will it be termed GOOD or EVIL?’ I believe if these questions are genuinely answered it will keep us on track.
Yes, I understand that life can be harsh. Even the good we do on earth isn’t recognised. Rather its the bad and evil men that get to prosper. Even David felt bad when he wrote in Psalms that he almost slipped cos he envied the arrogant and the wicked who always had what they wanted, until the Lord opened his eyes and he understood their final destiny, DESTRUCTION!!! (Psalm73:1-20).
My friend, the most important thing in our pursuit of life is what we do with what life presents to us. Let your everyday goal be to have an excellent record of deeds in God’s book. How do I go about it? You may ask. Firstly, start a relationship with your Creator (If you haven’t already). Just like in every relationship, time is used to build and grow this relationship into a healthy and successful one. So spend time in getting to know Him by studying of the Word and Prayer. Ask Him to illuminate your eyes as you study, He’ll lead you from there. The more you study, the more your mind is renewed (Romans 12:2) , then it gradually affects your actions. Do not get engrossed by the material things in life, rather seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness every other thing will be added to you. (Matthew 6:25-33). Your heavenly Father knows you need such comfort and luxury, but if you get distracted by them then you’ll get off track.
The cares of life and worry distracts us from the goal but a life of discipline will always put our focus on Jesus, The Author and Finisher of our Faith. It doesn’t matter if your friends got there before you. What matters is how you got there. What did you do to get there? Is God proud of your deeds? Will He tell you, ‘Well done, Good and Faithful servant’ on that day? These are deep questions we all need to think about.
“Then the King will say to those on his right ‘ Come, you who are blessed by my Father, take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me’…” (Matthew 25 : 34-36 NIV)
These are the deeds God requires us to do. Remember we will be judged according to our deeds whether good or evil including every hidden thing. (Ecclesiastes 12:14).
“…the dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that where 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. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. IF ANYONE’S NAME WAS NOT FOUND WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE HE WAS THROWN INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE” (Revelation 20: 12-15 NIV).
Hmmm, IS YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK OF LIFE? Think about it…
LIVE AND STAY BEAUTIFUL!