Picture in your mind a beautiful book, worn and heavy, resting on the table in your room. The movement of an old fountain pen flowing across the page catches your gaze. You step closer to see that words with elegant letters appear behind the graceful strokes of the pen. You begin to read the text and you notice that the words reflect an account of your day to day life, down to the most intimate detail. At the top of the page, you read “The Account.” You hurriedly grasp the book and flip to the inside front cover. There you find…
It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment. Heb 9 27
So then every one of us shall give an account of himself… Rom 14 12
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Php 2 11
This volume contains the account of your life. It records your thoughts, your feelings, your words, your actions. After you depart this physical life, you will – whether in joy or in terror - bow before Jesus the Christ and confess Him. This volume will then be reviewed to determine your eternal dwelling place.
These are things that you have heard before – maybe in a class or lesson somewhere. You acknowledge it and then turn to the next page to continue to read through some of the pages at the front. You find the following…
… whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good report, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Php 4 8
Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Gal 3 6
Ye were examples to all that believe… but also in every place your faith in God is spread abroad. 1 Th 1 8-9
I thank my God for all of you because your faith is proclaimed in all the word. Rom 1 8
Everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Mat 5 28
For all that is in the world – the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life – is not from the Father but is from the world. 1 Jn 2 16
People will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned. Mat 12 36-37
For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you… Rom 16 18
We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or bad. 2 Cor 5 10
After reading through this account, you sit for a while thinking of the things you have done and the many things you still want to do in life. As you begin to casually skim thru the pages of your account, numerous memories come into view. Some are wonderfully familiar, while others are foreign to you. You feel joy at many of the scenes playing before your mind. Some bring sorrow at the loss or hurt.
But you begin to notice that there is something else – you feel uneasiness grow inside of you for the missed opportunities, the poor decisions, the hurt you have caused yourself and others. You lean back to ponder further. After some time passes, you begin to set the weighty volume on the desk, but then think to look inside the back cover. There you find something that causes a great pause in your heart and mind.
Once an entry is made into this Account - it is permanent - with one exception. While you yet live, there is one – and only one – who can erase any negative record in your Account. He can completely strike it from this record.
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. Heb 8 12
His name is Jesus Christ.
Once this Account concludes, at your departure from this life, it is final.
The God of Heaven, the One that spoke every good thing in this world into existence, will read your Account – every thought, feeling, word, and action.
How will it read?