I recently acted as an observer during a stock take at a high-security cash centre. Two counters had to conduct blind counts of all cash held in the vaults. This was then compared with the computerised record that showed what should be in the vaults. There had to be an accounting for every penny in the centre. One counter was sent away to recount three times, because his initial figures did not match those of the computer records, or the other counter. Why? Because the owners of the cash in that cash centre needed to have confidence that their money was all there. Compare this with the accounting of heaven. God doesn’t need to employ counters. God’s accounting is so precise that He knows even when a sparrow dies. If God is looking out for the sparrows, then how much more is He looking out for all of humanity? God’s desire is that none of us should be lost.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (Matthew 10: 29-31 NIV)
Some of the notes counted during the cash centre stock take were in a poor condition and had been caged up ready to be returned to the Bank of England for destruction. That is a sobering thought. While everything has to be counted, not all of it is considered worth keeping and some of it will be removed from the vault and destroyed.
There is something else to consider. High security facilities are essential to protect valuable items such as cash from thieves. We are told that Satan is hard at work trying to cheat humanity and in doing so rob God. If Satan can be this focused why aren’t we? Why aren’t we praying more? Why aren’t we more open to the leading of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives? The vaults of heaven are not yet full. There are people out there who need us. There are men and women like us who God wants to welcome into the Kingdom. People who God wants to be counted at the final stock take.
Jesus said that the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few (Matthew 9:37). So how and where do you and I fit in? There is only one way to start. We start by taking stock of our own lives and our relationship with God. And we start on our knees. Why? Because it is good for us to be on our knees before God in a quiet place, daily. When we come like this we find ourselves on holy ground. This is a place of surrender, where whispers can be heard, and where God waits to meet with us. Just as He met with Moses to commission him for the task of leading a huge group of people out of Egypt and towards the promised land. And every one of them was counted.