stream of fire issued
and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten
thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in
judgment, and the books were
Rev_20:12-15 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before
the throne, and books were
opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life.
And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to
what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death
and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each
one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were
thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of
fire. And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life,
he was thrown into the lake of fire.
I once thought that little things did
not matter to God - that He was
only interested in 'big deals' like murder and theft.
Then I asked Jesus to come into my
heart as Savior and Lord, and I
began to learn and unlearn a lot - including the fact that little
things matter a lot to God.
For example, in 1976, shortly after
receiving Jesus into my heart, I
read the Bible for the first time and discovered that people who had
stolen from others needed to make restitution to pay back what they had
stolen with interest and penalties. Immediately I remembered that
as a grocery store clerk I had helped myself to a can of pop (or soda
to you soda drinkers) occasionally, or to a candy bar or some other
snack. My conscience was struck, but I thought, "I have no idea
how much I stole from the grocery store over the years."
Immediately a number popped into my mind - $619.85.
That number plagued my thoughts
repeatedly during the next year.
I would rebuke the devil, but that number remained in my head.
One day as I sat at my desk I decided
to try to figure out how much I
had stolen from the grocery store. I calculated $1/week plus
statutory interest from the midpoint of my tenure as a grocery
clerk. The result was very close to $619.85!!! I then
realized that it was God who had been plaguing me with that
number. I accepted His calculations.
But I had an excuse. I said,
"Father, I would like to make
restitution, but I don't have the money to pay the grocery store back."
Within a week I had ten times that
amount of available cash! So I
had no excuses for delaying my payment of restitution.
So I bucked up my courage, wrote a
check in that amount, and went to
the grocery store. My former boss what still there, so I
explained to him that I had become a Christian and wanted to make
restitution for my sins as one of his employees. He was
speechless. He told me that he would accept that payment, but
that no one would ever know who it came from or what it was for.
I walked out the the grocery store thinking that that was the end of my
Immediately a new number came to my
mind - $685.97!!!
Again I began to rebuke the devil for
tormenting me, but it didn't take
long this time for me to sit down and calculate the difference between
the two numbers. It turned out to be statutory interest on the
first amount for the year that I had delayed in making the restitution
payment after He gave me the first amount.
So again I bucked up my courage
(please stop laughing at me) and went
to the grocery store, gave my former boss another check for the unpaid
interest. Again he was shocked (perhaps more than before!).
As I left the grocery store that
second time I sheepishly asked the
Lord, "Am I done now?" A great peace flooded my soul, and I
concluded that I was indeed done making restitution for my grocery
store misdeeds. The numbers never came back.
As a result I am convinced that the
verses of Scripture quoted above
are valid, and that God does indeed have books of account for all of
The question now becomes one for you,
dear reader. What do God's
records show for your life? I have found that it is a good
question to ask God because now I know with great comfort that Jesus
paid the price for all of my sins and yours on the Cross, and all He
wants of us is to admit our sins and the price we owe according to His
calculations, and to take the Payment He has so graciously provided for
us to our Heavenly Father, and to make confession and pay the price we
A Christian song comes to my mind:
"Jesus paid it all,
all to Him I owe.
Sin had left a crimson stain.
He washed me white as snow!"