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Luke 12:2-3 – Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered and nothing secret that will not become known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed from the housetops.

Hebrews 4:12-13 – For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two edge sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

2 Corinthians 5:10 – For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 - The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.

Hockey is a fast paced sport. Sometimes it’s hard for us to discern what has happened as events move too quickly. So, we have video review. It’s easy to see what happened with video review. And the technology has really improved with increased camera angles and even the ability to do 3d panorama review. This enables us to make the correct call of what played out, whether it is a goal scored or possible infraction such as a high stick. We don’t see everything that happens around us in life – sometimes we do things because others don’t see, or say things knowing not everyone will hear it. But Scripture is clear – there will be video review of our words and deeds - we will even have ‘video review’ of our thoughts and attitudes. Hebrews 4:13 – There is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

Sometimes I see a player take a penalty or commit an offence discreetly on the ice thinking no one will see – and I wonder if they know the cameras are rolling. You’d think that knowing just about everything will be on camera – replayed, put in slow motion, and assessed in close detail would be a strong incentive to be on best behavior. But players sometimes act as if the cameras are not there. Not only are we no better, but I think worse - often we act as if God is not there. How many angels are amazed at us– wondering if we remember that God sees everything, and that everything will be brought to the light and we will give an account?

This week in the NHL a couple of players had in person hearings with the department of player safety, both of them are repeat offenders and will have to give an account of what they've done, and then face judgment. We are all in the same spot before the Lord. We are all repeat offenders (Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:8-10, James 3:2). We will all have an in person hearing with the Lord (2 Timothy 4:1, Hebrews 4:12-13), and will face judgment (Hebrews 9:27). A tough spot when everything we've done is ‘caught on tape’!

This is terrifying for those who do not have their faith in Jesus. This is great news for those who do. Those who don’t know Jesus will be without excuse or pardon for offenses committed – for them the video review is a curse. But video review can be a good thing too, just ask a player who had a goal confirmed by it. This is how it will be for those who have faith in Jesus. We too have committed offenses, but our sentence has already been served, the debt canceled (Colossians 2:14) so we no longer fear the review. On the contrary, God also remembers the good (Eccl 12:14), and we will be blessed by the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matt 25:23).

When are the times you most often act like ‘the cameras aren't rolling’?
If you had an ‘in person hearing’ with the Lord about what’s ‘on tape’ from this last week, how would you feel heading into it?

For additional reading see – Matthew 12:36, Romans 14:12, 1 Corinthians 4:5, Psalm 32:5

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