Total Recall

by | May 11, 2014 | Judgment, Salvation

How soon we forget! But Gordon Bell is trying to devise a system in which he can recall most anything in his life.

For the past decade, Bell, a Microsoft researcher, has been “moving” the data from his brain onto computers. The process is much more involved than saving digital pictures and e-mails. Bell carries around video equipment, cameras, and audio recorders to capture his conversations, commutes, trips, and experiences. He has used a SenseCam – a device that is being developed by Microsoft that a person hangs around his neck and automatically records every detail of life in photo form. And Bell has been saving almost everything from restaurant receipts to correspondence, bills, and medical records.

Thus far Bell has accumulated a mountain of data – more than 350 gigabytes worth, not including the streaming audio and video. He describes the storage of information as a replica of his biological memory. It’s actually better, he says, because if you back up your data in enough places, this digitized “e-memory” never forgets. It’s like having a multimedia transcript of your life.

Bell hopes that by developing and implementing this process, no one will have to fret about storing the details of their lives in their heads anymore; they can save the details on their computer and recall it at will. *

Do we really want to remember every detail of our lives? After all, we make many mistakes (Romans 3:23). Sure, we want to learn from our mistakes, but do we want to be reminded of them constantly? Aren’t there things that we’d like to forget and know that they won’t be held against us?

There is Another who has infallible, total recall: GOD! “There is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13). And give account, we must! “He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man (His Son, Jesus) whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:31). “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10).

God, Who has total recall, will recall everything that we have done and hold us accountable for EVERY impure thought, idle word, and evil deed. Unless… the memory of our sins has been erased, through the sacrifice of Christ!

The Old Testament prophets foretold the time when God would establish a new covenant with His people that contained this promise: “I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more” (Jeremiah 31:34; see Hebrews 8:12).

Because of His great love for us… God has made provision for our forgiveness through the death of His Son, Jesus, who died on the cross to redeem us from sin (Ephesians 1:7). When we respond in faith, trusting Him for salvation (Acts 16:30-31), turning from our sins in repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confessing Him before men (Romans 10:9-10), and being baptized (immersed) in His name (Acts 2:38), He has promised to forgive us from our sins. Then, as we continue to walk in the light of His Word, He has promised that the blood of Jesus will continually cleanse us from sin (1 John 1:7).

On Judgment Day, the Lord will NOT recall those sins that have been covered by the blood of Jesus.

Are YOU covered?

David A. Sargent, Minister


Total Recall