December 29 (Revelation 3:5)
All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before my Father and his angels that they are mine. (NLT)
I’m not exactly an autograph hound, but I do have several autographs from famous people. It’s not that I geek out around celebrity, but I am a bit like the rusty truck in the Pixar movie Cars who is so excited that Lightning McQueen knows his name. I know, I know. Famous people put their pants on one leg at a time, just as we all do, but there is just something cool about meeting someone whose work you have enjoyed, whether that be their music on the radio or their acting on the big screen.
Despite how much some of us might enjoy getting autographs, we have to be honest. The person giving the autograph does not really know us, and while we may be excited that he or she calls us by our name, we are most excited to have that celebrity’s name on some object. Of far greater significance is the fact that our names are written in God’s Book of Life.
Pause on that for a moment. God knows you. He knows your name, and it is not because you told Him two seconds before He addressed you. He knew you before you were born, and for those who have confessed their faith in Jesus, He has written their names in the Book of Life. One day Jesus will look you in the face, smile, and announce to His Father, “This is one of mine.”
Father, when I feel far from You, remind me that my name is in the Book of Life. Help me to stake my life and identity not on the things that I do or acquire, but on the unshakable truth of my relationship with You. In the name of Jesus, Who made it all possible, amen.