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. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. (Rev 20:12)
As a child I used to love getting books for Christmas, but have to admit that my preference was not the classics, but “Oor Wullie”, “The Broons” or a football annual.
I have always been a reader, but haven’t always read the best material.
After becoming a Christian, things changed, and in addition to daily Bible reading, I began to devour books about life changing conversion stories, missionaries’ adventures, creation, motivational and leadership books etc.
I have probably read thousands of books and own 2000 plus books.
Usually I read several books at any given time. I loan books and forget who I gave them to, and discover books but forget who loaned them to me.
God has His books too, which He wants us to read and know about - beginning with the Bible of course. Our text mentions the Book of Life and the Book where deeds are recorded.
The Bible makes it clear that we don’t get to heaven by our deeds, but rather through the sacrifice of Jesus. Approaching Christmas, we remember that Jesus came to be the Saviour of the world, so that by believing in/following Him, we could have our bad deeds forgiven and our names written in God’s Book of Life.
Pastor Michael Rollo,
Larbert Pentecostal Church