God is a tireless bookkeeper. Not only does He see and know all, He records all. One day every person who has lived on earth will stand before the judgment seat of Christ. The book of life will be opened and only the names found inside – those redeemed by Messiah – will be welcomed into heaven. Everyone else will be sent to eternal torment in the lake of fire.
Heaven’s library also includes the book of remembrance. Malachi 3:16-18 reveals who will be remembered and why. In the days of this Old Testament prophet, a few pious Jews remain loyal to God despite spiritual apostasy and apathy spreading through Judah. They fear God and talk to one another regularly. The LORD eavesdrops and rewards them for their love and devotion to Him:
They are included a book of remembrance because they fear the LORD and meditate on His name. God calls them His, and makes them His jewels (Hebrew word for jewel, segullah, means treasured possession). He will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him. They will discern between the righteous and wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not.
What would that look like today? Christian friends meet at Starbucks and chat privately about the Lord. No one else knows but an unseen guest joins them. Jesus is eavesdropping. Not only does the book of remembrance include their names, its author has joined them at the table.
For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them – Matthew 18:20