The Book of Life

And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. 

~Revelation 20:15


            What do people need most?  Some think the answer is “better health care.”  Others think that people need corrected political views.  Some think the answer is more money or better jobs.  All these are goods for which we should be thankful – but they are not anyone’s greatest need.

            The scriptures call us to remember that this life is temporary and that it will end.  We don’t know when it will end, but this life and this age will end.  What follows will last forever.  The book of Revelation warns of the final judgment to come when those who are not found in the book of life are cast in to the lake of fire to be eternally tormented for their own guilt and sin.  If this is the case, then what each and every person most needs is to be recorded in the book of life!       

            As we look at the people around us we are tempted to think that the poor are generally good people who need a bit of help.  We see our middle class neighbors and perceive good, respectable people.  If we know wealthy people we tend to find them respectable and good in various ways as well.  It tends to be when we see someone at the lowest of lows that we remember the need to be written in the book of life.  If we think that others need Jesus, it tends to be those far away who we see on tv.  It is easy to forget that the neighbor who watches our children, the friend who shares a hobby, and even our own children most need salvation through faith in Jesus.  They need their names recorded in the book of life. 

            This week pray that the Lord may open your eyes to the genuine need of people around you to hear the good news of salvation through faith in the risen Lord Jesus.  Pray that he may grant you opportunities to speak about salvation with those same people.  Pray for those people to be granted repentant faith so that they may be saved from the judgement to come and enter into eternal life.  Remember the true need of every person is to be written in the book of life. 



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