Summary: We are a record keeping age. We keep records on everything under the sun, but there is only one record we should be concerned about. The record in heaven (the Book of Life).
What Does the Record Say?
2 Cor. 5:10
We are a record keeping age. Even from the time of your birth a medical record is started. The first day you start school, a scholastic record is kept and will follow you all the way through college. Salespersons must keep accurate records. Businesspeople keep financial records to show either a loss or a profit.
The Bible says repeatedly that God keeps a record, not only of our deeds, but even of our thoughts and motives. Throughout the Scriptures we are taught that each of us will one day face our own record. Acts 17:31, tells us that the Judgment Day has been set and that the Judge has already been appointed.
In life we are constantly called upon to give an account of ourselves. The IRS requires us yearly to give a account of our financial affairs. At the end of each year, must of us take a account of what we have done in the past year, in order that we can plan for the next year to come. Students are called to account for themselves through examinations. Politicians stand on their records as they seek reelection.
It is good for us periodically to take a look at the record we have made for ourselves. The record of our achievement has already been written. In reality we can in no way change the record of the past. We can only deal with the consequences of the choices we have made.
While the record of the past is important, it is not nearly as important as what we hope to do in the future. God is more concerned about our today’s and our tomorrows than he is about our yesterdays. It would be wise for us to face the future with a sincere and steadfast determination that the record of the future will be better than the achievements of the past.
What do you want God’s record to say about you? If you could write your own record, what would it say? This morning, I want to share with you six things, I believe we would all like to see in God’s record book about ourselves.
I. God’s book to declare our conversions (Rev. 20:15)
“And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
a. The most important item to be found by individual’s in God’s Book of Life is their name.
i. The new birth establishes a relationship between the believer and God.
ii. This grants believers that privilege of entrance into the heavenly home at the end of their earthly lives.
iii. Church membership is of vital importance, but it would be of no significance if no saving faith preceded it.
iv. Baptism is of tremendous importance and should not be neglected under any circumstances, but baptism is meaningless if it is not a declaration of a relationship to Christ.
b. Every person wants to be among the redeemed on Judgment Day.
i. You can be sure to be among that number if you will entrust completely the care and custody of your soul into the hands of the Savior.
ii. By doing so you can be sure that God’s record will contain the fact that you are one of His children.
II. God’s book to declare that we have been obedience children.
a. Saul the first king of Israel in (1 Sam. 15:14-23), discovered that there can be no adequate substitute for obedience.
b. Jesus made love and gratitude the basis or motive behind Christian obedience
John 14:15, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.”
c. An attitude of glad obedience is essential for success in our service to God.
d. Glad obedience brings happiness into the heart of a child of God.
e. Glad obedience enables one to be useful and fruitful as a servant of God and as a helper of one’s fellow humans.
i. The commandments of God are to the Christian what correct formulas are to chemists.
f. Disobedience to the command of our living Lord is causing Christianity to be more and more a minority movement in the world.
III. God’s book to declare that our lives have been pure
a. Personal purity in a world where contaminating contact is so easy, is a real achievement.
b. James, in his epistle emphasizes the practice of pure religion
i. He defines it both positively and negatively in James 1:27
“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”
c. While we live in a sinful world that brings constant pressure on us, our greatest defiler is to be found within ourselves.