Today's reading: Revelation 20
And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Also another book was opened, the book of life. And the dead were judged according to their works, as recorded in the books. Revelation 20: 12 NRSV
This is a scene of the final judgment. In this vision, all the dead are waiting to be judged. All their deeds are recorded in a book. But this is not just about works righteousness! John mentions another book - the book of life. That book is God's grace and forgiveness. That is the book that was printed when Christ died for our sins. That book is about our faith and belief. We may be judged according to our deeds (or lack thereof) but God's grace is always present and his forgiveness will be the final word.
What deeds or lack of deeds do you need to ask God's forgiveness for today? Let's spend sometime in confessing our sins and receiving God's pardon this day.
God, forgive us our sins. We especially ask for your mercy for _____________________________. Forgive us we pray. Help us to accept your forgiveness and go forth in your peace. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims