We don't enjoy being under the microscope. It makes us feel uncomfortable. Why? If I were to guess, it is because we know that if we are examined long enough we will likely to do something wrong. We are imperfect beings and we are bound to do imperfect things. Romans 3:10 tells us “none is righteous, no, not one.”
What is interesting is that the knowledge of being watched changes our behavior. When we know that all eyes are on us we modify our behavior. This is one reason that video cameras are so prevalent today. The theory is that if there is a camera involved people will do what is right versus what is wrong. Camera’s provide an accountability.
Cameras, however, fall far short of the true and deeper reality of something greater watching, the Creator of the Universe. Hebrews 4:13 tells us, “And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.“
No matter who you are or where you are, God sees. There is no such thing as what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. He sees everything. He sees when you lie down and when you wake up. He sees your coming and your going. (Psalm 139).
Not only does God see, but he remembers. Everything that you have ever done is captured by God. He is the ultimate recording device. He never forgets. Just take a moment and think about all the things you have done in your life, things that you wish you could forget, things that you wish could be edited out of the movie of your life.
Unfortunately, there is no editing room floor to catch all of our failures, and some day we will have to stand before God and give an account for all that we have done. Revelation 20:12 gives a picture of this, “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.“
The day is coming when we will all have to give an account for everything we have ever said, done, and thought. We will then be judged by our record. For each one of us the evidence will be overwhelming. Justice will demand payment, and payment will be high, for our sins are against an infinitely holy God; therefore the punishment must fit the crime.
The reality of every sin being recorded and presented before an Almighty, All Powerful God should cause in us a great amount of fear. And fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 1:7, Proverbs 9:10, Psalm 111:10), and this is the point. Through God’s Word, God is lovingly warning us to settle our account before it is too late.
Jesus says this in Luke 12:58, “As you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in prison. 59I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the very last penny.”
The way we settle our account with the Judge of the Universe, is exclusively and entirely through Jesus Christ. This is why Christ is the only way to God, because only the Son of God can make the payment in full for the world’s sin. And his payment is sufficient. He is the one that pays every last penny. He does not need us fumbling in our pockets looking for loose change. He has ransomed us in full.
So today, if you have not settled your account with the Lord, I urge you to make every effort to repent and turn to Jesus Christ for your salvation.