The Day of Reckoning

This fall I volunteered with an outstanding group of young people putting on Bible Clubs in OKC. The children who attended earned points based on their behavior, how many times they came, and if they brought their Bibles. Their points won them prizes given on the last club meeting of the semester. Those with the most points could choose a more valuable prize like a framed picture or a nice game while those with the least were limited to cheap, small things like a balloon. I was in charge of the prize table on the “day of reckoning” and told the eager children which group of prizes they could choose from.

I remember seeing the joy on the faces of those who received the highest reward possible as they rushed to claim the prizes that others could only long for. Except for one girl. She had the option of choosing something much nicer, but she had her eye on an insignificant trinket of practically no value. But that was her choice and I did not stop her as she made her selection and skipped away.

As I watched her and wondered why she would settle for so little I asked myself if God ever feels that way toward us. God has offered many priceless gifts such as the sweet fellowship of His continual presence and a plan for us which we can not even comprehend. (Eph. 3:20) Does He ever look on my choices and wonder why I would settle for less? He is trustworthy. His ways are best and I will make Him my choice. “…the word of the LORD came… saying… I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.”  Will we be happy with our choices on the day of reckoning?


  1. Robert December 13, 2008 at 11:08 pm #

    What a beautiful analogy, Esther! How very true. So much of what we value is really just wood, hay, and stubble. Praise the Lord for what you are doing of eternal value!

  2. Donald December 14, 2008 at 10:08 pm #

    Memorable story Esther. I heard recently that when Daniel Webster was asked what the most profound of all thoughts that had ever entered his mind was, he answered: the thought that I will some day stand before God to give an account.

  3. Joshua December 16, 2008 at 5:33 pm #

    How often does our flesh turn towards the good vs. the excellent, the soft vs. the hard, the temporal vs. the eternal!

  4. Elizabeth Rauch December 16, 2008 at 7:05 pm #

    That is an amazing thought! How often do we spend our time uselessly on things that don’t matter to the Lord or anyone else. Rather than on things that really do count for eternal value!

  5. Allen P. December 23, 2008 at 6:17 am #

    Thanks – I need to remember to do what will gain an eternal prize, not a temporal prize.

  6. Crystal December 23, 2008 at 1:11 pm #

    Esther, I really enjoyed the analogy you presented. It is an eternal truth that is too easily forgotten or neglected.

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