“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:11-15
I recall the summer of 1993, and I had great plans for my upcoming senior year. I had just attended three weeks of Christian camp, and made decisions in my life that I knew would help me be successful spiritually in the year to come. I had not been the best of students the previous year, but I vowed to change that. I began the school year just as I had planned, but I soon forget what my intentions were.
I quickly became too busy to read my Bible and pray as I got a new job and soccer season was in full bloom. I also soon found myself in trouble at school. It seemed as though every week I was being called into the office to answer for accusations, either true or untrue, and the dean kept a log on all of them. Every time I would saunter into his office, he would pull out my file and make notes on my actions. My file grew each week, but I really did not pay much attention to it. One day after school I drove behind the school buildings and did some donuts in the dirt field that was ripe for such activities. A teacher came out and told me to stop, but I looked him dead in the eye and completed one more donut before leaving campus.
When I arrived at school the following Monday, I found myself in some very hot water. I was called to the dean’s office, and he advised me that I was facing review by the school board to either kick me out of school or allow me to stay. I had certainly done it this time, and as I sat there, the dean pulled out my file which had become quite large by this point. He said my file would be reviewed by the board, and he would give me their verdict by the end of the week. Friday surely did come, and my file was again out on the dean’s desk as he told me the board decided to kick me out of school. The accusations from the whole year filled my file, and there was not much I could say to defend myself as I had done too much to be allowed to stay at school. My bad deeds were clearly on display before him and justice was administered as I was dismissed from school.
This story from my past can only provide a glimpse of how it will be on the final judgement day for each of us. The books containing a record of all of our deeds will be opened and the Book of Life will be opened. This will be a day of final reckoning and a day when all of our works will be judged. This day will determine each person's fate for all of eternity and this day will be devastating for many. There are no excuses we will be able to offer, and we will be held accountable for what we did and didn’t do with God and the gift of His Son. This final judgment will weigh on whether we accepted Jesus Christ or whether we chose to reject Him.
Where will you be friend? Will you be cast into the Lake of Fire because you chose to reject Him? Are you ready for the judgement? Is your name written in the Book of Life? Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Will you be forever separated from God in Hell or will you spend all of eternity with Him in Heaven? Will you be devastated that day or will you rejoice that your name is written in the Book of Life? May we see things in the light of eternity, and may we never lose sight that we will stand one day before a Holy God. Be ready to meet your Maker and prepare yourself now as no mans knows the day nor the hour of that day.
Stay in the fight!