Daily Devotional

Prepare for the Last Days

_______ June 3 ______



He who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more. __Luke 12:48__

We have been given great light in regard to God’s law. This law is the standard of character. To it man is now required to conform, and by it he will be judged in the last great day. In that day men will be dealt with according to the light they have received. He who knew his Lord’s will, and did it not, will be beaten with many stripes; he who new it not, yet committed things worthy of stripes, will be beaten with few stripes. The number of talents expect¬ed … will determine the returns expected. The sinner’s guilt will be measured by the opportunities and privileges which he failed to improve. He will not be punished merely for his own rejection of the offer of salvation. He will be called to account for the influence he has exerted in encouraging others in sin. …

The punishment of the sinner will be measured by the extent to which he has influenced others in impenitence. (Letter 2, December 29, 1900)

We cannot now enter into the many transactions which have made up the life record of church members. These transactions are registered in God’s book of records. How will this record appear in the great day when every one shall receive according as his works have been? …

“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.” [Revelation 20:12.] Then men will have a clear, sharp remembrance of all their transactions in this life. Not a word or a deed will escape their memory. (Letter 22, February 3, 1901)


We shall individually be held responsible for doing one jot less than we have ability to do. The Lord measures with exactness every possibility for service. The unused capabilities are as much brought into account as are those that are improved. For all that we might become through the right use of our talents God holds us responsible. We shall be judged according to what we ought to have done, but did not accomplish be-cause we did not use our powers to glorify God. (Christ’s Object Lessons, 363)