Life is an Open Book Test

…and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life…” (Revelation 20:12)

For theBible.jpg last 6 years we have done school at home with our daughters through an online charter school. It is a public school education, but the student does it all at home through their computer. We have enjoyed the flexibility and the benefits of having the girls at home and out of the influences of the world. I remember when we first started, wondering how we would administer tests. Well, some tests are closed book, so as “home facilitator” I was to make sure they did not cheat and look up things they were supposed to have memorized. But, most of the tests are “open book” – if the child is familiar with the subject, they can seek and find the information that they need to answer the question. I remember back when I was in school, sometimes we would have “open book” tests, and you know, some kids would forget their book?! Some kids would leave the book sitting unopened on their desk while they struggled through the test, trying to figure it out on their own—how foolish, we think! Now, I don’t think open book tests are so bad, actually. As you use the book, and do homework, you will absorb some of the information. And, the more you get into the book, the more you memorize, and the easier it gets to regurgitate the facts. So, for instance in Algebra, you would check the book to see which big equation you need to solve the problem, but you wouldn’t look up your times tables, that would be too time-consuming, and as you have used them over and over, hopefully those times tables would become part of your memory bank and you know them by heart.

Well, did you know that life is an open book test? We have God’s Word available to us – we have the answers to all of life’s questions at our fingertips. The more you get into God’s Book, the more you will memorize it, and know it by heart, and the easier it gets to regurgitate it. “Thy word have I hid in my heart…”(Psalm 119:11). As tough times come, those verses and truths will come back to you, and it makes it easier to have the right response in trials, and find the right path: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).

But some people forget the Book! They look everywhere else for the answers, when, if they had only remembered to look in God’s Word, they would find them. And, some people leave it sitting unopened on the table while they struggle through life trying to figure it out on their own – how foolish! God, the creator of the heavens and the earth, loves us and wants us to know Him and His ways. So, He preserved it all in the Bible for us to read and learn and “…grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). It is only with God’s help through His Word and by His Holy Spirit’s power that we can do this. He gives us hope, grace, peace, rest, and much more when we take the time to open His Book and soak in His Word.

There is also a Final Exam in life – Oh NO! I hated final exams in school! Don’t worry—it is an open book test, too! It has one simple answer, and God doesn’t want anyone to fail it (2 Peter 3:9). He has spelled out the Answer over and over in His Word. The answer is the Lord Jesus Christ! He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and we cannot get to the Father in Heaven without Him (John 14:3). When we accept Him by faith as our Lord, Saviour, and King, our name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. How does our name get in the book of life?

He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” (Revelation 3:5)

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” (Revelation 21:7)

Okay, so “He that overcometh” has his name written in the book of life, so who is “he that overcometh”? I am glad you asked:

Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” 1 John 5:5

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

So, the Final Exam is when the Books are opened and checked to see whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life:

“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works…And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:12,15

I know mine is there because I have trusted in The Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Lord, Saviour and King, who died on the cross to pay for my sins, and then rose again. I hope you have, too. If not, I pray that you will before it is too late!

~Graced and Grateful Grammy

When the books are opened, where will your name be?

**note:

I got the idea for this blog post from one of my husband’s amazing Sunday School classes.

“Bob’s Your Uncle!”

SnowdropsSurely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood.” Proverbs 30:33

One of my favorite British sayings is, “Bob’s-yer-Uncle.” It means “there you have it”, or, as the French would say, “voila!”. You would use it when trying to explain a simple procedure with a predictable outcome. For example, one might say, “take 2 slices of bread, put some butter on them, put a slice of cheese between them, and Bob’s-yer-Uncle, you’ve got a cheese sandwich!” Isn’t that fabulous? I think its roots come from a man named Robert who had a high government position and practiced nepotism, naturally giving his nephew a high ranking job in the government. Because Bob was his uncle! That tickles my funny bone!
The Bible is full of statements, if…then statements, that give predictable outcomes to our behaviors – and without being irreverent, I would like to share some “Bob’s-yer-Uncle” statements:

*“Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood” (Proverbs 30:33). This verse states the practical and obvious – if you shake up milk,  Bob’s-yer-Uncle, you produce butter, and if you wrench someone’s nose, Bob’s-yer-Uncle, it will bleed!
* “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption” (Galatians 6:8). In other words – live your life feeding your fleshly desires, being selfish, not caring about others and (Bob’s-yer-uncle) you will have problems!
* “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love” (John 15:10). “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed” (John 8:31). Or, live your life according to Jesus’ commandments, serving Him and others, and (Bob’s-yer-Uncle) you are a disciple of Jesus Christ – God’s love will be in you and shining through you to others.
*”This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). Are you battling your flesh? Are you having a bit of a bother with a besetting sin? Walk in the Spirit – feed your spirit by spending time in fervent sincere prayer, diligent Bible study, and genuine ministering, and (Bob’s-yer-Uncle) it will be much easier not to give in to the lust of the flesh because you are replacing what you are avoiding with something much better!
* “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9). Thus, believe in Jesus’ substitional death, burial, and resurrection to pay the price for your sins, confess your belief to others, and (Bob’s-yer-Uncle) you are saved/born-again/redeemed, and heaven bound. So many religions state that you must DO something in order to be saved – Baptism, Church attendance, giving money, sacraments, etc. etc. But, according to God’s Word, salvation is really very simple, we don’t need to add any works to it, just believe! The works will come as a result of gratefulness for the grace that has been bestowed upon you.

There are many others, why not find some Bob’s-yer-Uncle passages for yourself? It will make you smile.

~Graced and Grateful Grammy

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple” – Dr Seuss