The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.
In 1979, Janet and I attended a movie called, The Jerk. As strange as it may seem, a scene from that motion picture came to mind as I meditated on today’s focus text. Navin, the central character played by Steve Martin, became euphoric over the arrival of the new phone book. Seeing his name included in the book meant he was now somebody important. Great things would surely come his way.
Our names are included in many books. Yearbooks, phone directories, company directories, etc. With each comes a certain significance. Some are good. Others not so good — like the State Prison Registry or the Property Tax Foreclosure Ledger.
But there is one book of supreme importance called the Lamb’s Book of Life. If you have given your life to Christ, your name is recorded in the book. You are considered among the “victorious.”
Jesus said of those who are saved, “… there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” I think most of us experience joy when we witness the new birth of a lost person. But it doesn’t just produce happiness among believers on earth. There’s a joyful celebration in heaven.
When we pour ourselves into something that means the world to us, it thrills us to see return on our investment. If someone buys one a book I’ve written, I do a happy dance. When my wife sells a painting, she’s thrilled. If somebody takes the time to acknowledge your hard work, it makes you feel good. If those small things bring us satisfaction, just think of the excitement in heaven when a sinner receives God’s gift of eternal life. That gift cost Jesus’ life and was an act of God’s incomparable love.
I want you to notice something about your entry in the Lamb’s Book of Life. God says, “I will never blot out the name of that person.” Your name is there to stay, which means your place is being held in God’s heaven. Your name has only been recorded if your confession of faith was genuine.
There’s a lot of talk in the U.S. about cleaning up our voter rolls. At issue are the names that remain of the deceased, ineligible voters, or those who vote in multiple states. In other words, our voting ledgers are imperfect. That’s not the case with the Lamb’s Book of Life. It’s 100% accurate. Only those who legitimately belong are listed. No names are stricken from the record. When we sin, and we do, the name isn’t suddenly blotted out until we get our act together. Once in the book — forever in the book.
Not only is your name permanently written in that great book, but something else wonderful happens. The Lord promises to acknowledge your name before the Father and his angels. That means you’re not just a name in a book, but personally known by — and acknowledged by — the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Have you ever been fired from a job? Well, I have, and it’s no picnic. In the days leading up to the untimely event, I knew something was up. Certain people in key positions were acting differently toward me. Change was in the air. And then, as I suspected, the axe fell.
Life on this earth is like that in many ways. Sometimes we just don’t know how we stand or if we measure up to the ever changing requirements of acceptance. Good news. There’s one place where your standing remains forever the same.
When Jesus left the earth the first time, He went to prepare a place for us. In that place, our name has been recorded, not just on the guest list, but on the citizen registry called the Lamb’s Book of Life.
For more on this topic, check out this article: Your Amazing Victory in Jesus
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.