Which Book Do You Want Your Name In?

March 2, 2013
by Dee Renaud

I recently watched a program on the television about a man who had been entered into the Guinness World Records for the longest flight of a paper airplane that he had made. He had spent a lifetime, since he was a young boy, not just perfecting the design, but also the technique of launching his plane. While watching the program, I thought of all the people who have spent many, many hours working on something to have it recorded in this book. I looked up The Guinness Book of Records on Wikipedia, and here are some facts that I found:

Guinness World Records, known until 2000 as The Guinness Book of Records, is a reference book published annually, containing a collection of world records, both human achievements and the extremes of the natural world.

Recent editions have focused on record feats by human competitors. Competitions range from obvious ones such as weightlifting, to the longest egg tossing distance, or the longest time spent playing Grand Theft Auto IV.

Besides records about competitions, it contains such facts as the heaviest tumour, the most poisonous plant, the shortest river, the longest-running drama in the USA, and the world's most successful salesman, among others.

This television program got me to thinking about the Book of Life that John speaks of in Revelation.

Revelation 20:11-15 – Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. (NKJV)

The Book of Life is a record of the names of those who will spend eternity with God in heaven. It is the roll of those who are saved. It's also called the Lamb's Book of Life because it contains the names of those who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lord Jesus, the Lamb of God.

Jesus refers to the Book of Life in Luke 10:20, when He tells the 70 disciples, "Rejoice because your names are written in heaven." (NKJV)

Paul speaks of his "fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life". (Philippians 4:3b NKJV)

How can we be sure that our name is written in the Book of Life? We can repent of our sin and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. Once our name is written in the Book of Life, it is never erased. "He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life." (Revelation 3:5a NKJV) Just imagine that day when God opens His Book of Life and there is your name!

Which book would you rather have your name in: The Guinness Book of Records or the Book of Life?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You that You sent Your Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins and that because our sins have already been judged and paid for by Jesus when we receive Him by faith as our Lord and Saviour, our names are written in Your Book of Life. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Dee Renaud <deerenaud25@gmail.com>
Sauble Beach, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    AMEN!


    How wonderful to hear from you!! Good devotional indeed. Blessings!!


    Dear Dee;
    Thank you for the wonderful reminder of hope!


    Thank you Dee,
    May your weekend and week ahead be good ones.


    Dear Dee: Thank you for your encouraging word this morning. I am so thankful my name is written in the Lamb’s book of life.
    Praise God!


    Dear Dee Renaud,
    Thank you for a comprehensive gospel devotional.
    Keep writing,


    Amen, Dee. May it be so. Thank you for penning this devotional of assurance for those who may doubt their salvation because they feel they have failed God or because they simply believe they are not good enough. As we know, none is good enough, thus our need for Jesus Christ. Blessings.


    Hi Dee,
    One could almost not resist putting the “ho” onto the greeting….forgive me!
    Nevertheless Dee, your devotional speaks volumes. I was reminded of Bev Shea’s song, “I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold.” God grant us all that our greatest desire would be to have our names in the Lamb’s Book of Life. And I always with that, think of the white stone God will press into our hands. It will have engraved on it the name God knows us by. Not having been too enamored of my name I really look forward to that name, Until then I am satisfied with being nothing else but: “sinner saved by grace.”
    God bless you for the devotional.


    Good Morning Dee:
    I truly loved this message, it made my morning special. It brought back many wonderful memories for me.
    So often my mother would refer to the “Book of Life” and caution us to be sure our names would be recorded there in order to have a safe and secure eternity.
    In my minds eye, as a little girl, I could see this stately gentleman, dressed all in white, with a long beard going through the names looking for mine.
    I do believe her words of caution and the wonderful scriptural teaching and instruction I had as a child and teen were responsible for my adhering to the voice of the Holy Spirit and surrendering my live to my Savior and Lord.
    I loved this message. It brought back many memories of my youth and the time devoted to my Christian growth by both my parents and a wonderful pastor, whom I am certain have their names written in God’s wonderful Book Of Life.
    Thank you, once again, for an inspiring and touching devotional. You write beautifully making us aware of the wonderful plan of salvation in every message.


    Thank you. FATHER’S message through you indeed is a good point and reminder of the gift that JESUS will give to any and all for the asking.
    FATHER has spared me from accidents, near death and from one accident where I was flown by chopper to the hospital.
    I need people like you, this website and all the volunteers who make this possible to feed me GOD’S message daily. Otherwise I would veer off the path that I walk. I witness to people, give subscriptions of this devotional and use personal experiences to add an extra boost to the words I share, planting seeds.
    We will live in eternity and everyone has the choice of the eternity they want. Many, as you know, politely smile and nod, others prefer to take their stance of disbelief and argue their points, and some just look at me with disgust.
    Again, thank you for being the one who FATHER chose to reach out and touch my heart and soul. Without authors like you, HIS message would lay silent.
    I pray that you always enjoy health, happiness with prosperity all the days of your life…until FATHER calls you home to live in HIS home HE has prepared for you. May HIS blessings rain upon you always. AMEN & AMEN!!
    (Texas, USA)


    Thanks Dee for a wonderful reminder.

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