For everything we do in this life, we will give account. No act will go unregistered. In the parable of the talents, all turns on this fact:

After a long time, the master of those slaves came and settled his accounts with them.
Matthew 25.19 NET

The preacher Charles Box wrote:

Our deeds, good or bad are open before God. The Scriptures make it clear that God is not only recording what we say and do, but also that He will judge us according to that, and also according to what we do not say or do that we should have said or done.

In light of this truth, it is no wonder that “[w]hile Paul was discussing righteousness, self-control, and the coming judgment, Felix became frightened” Acts 24.25 NET. There is reason to be afraid. Especially if we are not exercising self-control and exhibiting the righteousness that God approves of.

The preacher of wisdom in the Old Testament counseled young people: “know that God will judge your motives and actions” Ecclesiastes 11.9 NET.

So Peter concludes, “Since all these things are to melt away in this manner, what sort of people must we be, conducting our lives in holiness and godliness …?” 2 Peter 3.11.

Many try to ignore the truth of our accountability before God and the settling of accounts that will certainly come.

And you? Will you ignore this truth to your eternal regret, or will you give your life to the Lord, serve him with gladness, and desire to see the day when the righteous will shine as the sun?

 

3 thoughts on “No act will go unregistered

  1. “For everything we do in this life, we will give account.”

    I’ve heard this for most of my life but I also know that God not only forgives when we ask Him, He also forgets. I’ve never been able to reconcile these two – can you offer any insight? I feel like I am missing something here!

    • Andrea, when writing the devotional this morning about 5:30 a.m., that thought was way back in my mind somewhere, but not strong enough to show itself, so I’m grateful you’ve mentioned this. God forgetting, of course, is a strong metaphor for not holding our sins against us. Still there’s the point of his forgiveness and how that figures in to the judgment, right? Paul says we may be saved ourselves, but our works burned up, i.e., not lasting for eternity. I take all that to say that the basis of judgment is whether or not we have followed Christ. All the rest of the judging falls within that approval or condemnation. Does this help?

      • It does help, thank you! I realize we aren’t to know all the details while we are on the earth but that particular question has lingered for me. I also know that God will view us through our Savior and, really, that in itself is my comfort.

        Thank you for both of your blogs…they give me much food for thought!

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