“Gonna Find Out Who’s Naughty or Nice . . .”

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“And the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works,” Revelation 20:12

 “He’s making a list, checking it twice; Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice,” (Santa Clause is Coming to Town, J. Fred Coots, Henry Gillespie (©) 1934).  For most of us being on the “naughty list” is synonymous with that old Christmas jingle, a song that was sung to inspire children to be on their best behavior lest they be left out of the gift-giving that year.  “The list” would tell whether one received a lump of coal or not.

While the idea of Santa Claus and his lists are very much fictional, the stark realities of records being kept are very much true.  A lump of coal would be the least of our worries, for when one stands before the “great white throne and Him who sat on it,” (Rev. 20:11, NKJV), one’s eternal destination is at stake.  “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire,” (Rev. 20:15, NKJV).

For the most part, the book of Revelation is a book that many people try to skip over in their reading.  There’s a lot of vivid imagery that tells us horrible days to come.  But, can it tell you something?  There’s also a beautiful depiction of what the righteous get to experience.

There’s an intimacy that we see where the Father, on purpose, hovers over and protects them that are His.  He prepares this glorious place for us to spend all eternity and the closeness with God cannot be compared.

There, we’ll see the victory of the Lamb come to the forefront once and for all.  Over there, we’ll see everything of this world that tried to come against us be put in its proper place.  All that old junk will be replaced with the glories of the new.  Rivers of life, healing of the nations, every tear wiped out of our eyes . . . oh, yeah!  We have something great to look forward to, as long as we are on the right “list;” as long as our name is “written in the Lamb’s book of life,” (Rev. 21:27).

Those that are on that right list and not the naughty list have endured hardness as a good soldier, 2 Tim. 2:3.  They have fought the good fight of faith, 2 Tim. 4:7.  They have submitted themselves to God and have resisted the advances of the enemy, James 4:7.  They have taken on a new nature and are on that day found “arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints,” (Rev. 19:8).  Being on the right list also gives them an invitation to the “marriage supper of the Lamb,” (Rev. 19:9).

Where one’s name is written matters; it matters a whole lot.  Whatever “list” it’s found on identifies the pathway one has chosen to walk in their life.  For those who have lived life for themselves without any regard to the Father will not receive the invitation to that glorious event.  Opposite of that, he who has managed to live this life in a manner which pleases Him (a life hidden in Christ), will find themselves not only invited, but will arrive in style as an active participant.  “I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying ‘Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!’” (Revelation 19:1, NKJV).  Oh, what a day that will be!

“But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life,” (Revelation 21:27, NKJV).  In other words, avoid the naughty list so that we can all enjoy that great and coming day together.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” 1 John 1:9, NKJV.

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3 thoughts on ““Gonna Find Out Who’s Naughty or Nice . . .”

  1. Reblogged this on Word For Life Says . . . and commented:

    We may not care too much about what others think of us – but, what of God? I care about what God thinks of my life, and what He thinks determines our future. It is He that will write our names in eternity.
    Where one’s name is written matters; it matters a whole lot. Whatever “list” it’s found on identifies the pathway one has chosen to walk in their life. For those who have lived life for themselves without any regard to the Father will not receive the invitation to that glorious event. Opposite of that, he who has managed to live this life in a manner which pleases Him (a life hidden in Christ), will find themselves not only invited, but will arrive in style as an active participant. “I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying ‘Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!’” (Revelation 19:1, NKJV). Oh, what a day that will be!
    I hope today’s devotional will encourage the path you walk toward Him today. Blessings.

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  2. Very True Wordforlife although Salvation is a free gift, we will show that we have it and not because we have to but because we can be no other way when we have Jesus Christ living in us, having been Born again of God’s seed, meaning Nature we can do no evil because we are perfected in Love, so our judgment or accountability will be for rewards, our past sins have been taken away as far as the east is to the west.

    1 John 3: 1-11 ( 9 ) No one who is Born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been Born of God.

    But not so for those who did not come to heart repentance, their lives as we see below show they haven’t and it is why we have Revelation 14, yes they will say Lord, Lord and boast of the works that they think make them acceptable but their hearts were hard, there was no Love or compassion, they did not have the Fruit of The Spirit because they did not have His indwelling.

    Matthew 25: 41-45 Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?Then shall He answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

    1 John 3:16-18 Hereby perceive we the Love of God, because He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the Love of God in him? My little children, let us not Love in word, neither in tongue; but in Deed and in Truth.(KJV)

    Sadly I have found with Blogging that some think it is there right to ask for money for whatever reason and they get upset when they don’t get what they want but God gives us discernment, we will know them by their fruit, His work done His way never lacks His supply, yes there are some we will be called on to help as He motivates us to give to those in genuine need and we will want to give willingly not because we have to or because are talked into it or made to feel guilty.

    Christian Love from us both – Anne.

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    • Indeed. I’m so glad for the finished work of Christ on the cross in supplying the needed answer to cure men of the woefulness of his/her sins. Our dependence is solely on Him and what His love supplies. Blessings to you.

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