Devotions

The Book of Life

Revelation 20:15 (NIV):  All whose names were not found written in the book of life were thrown into the lake of fire.”

Recently I watched a television series that shared about Alfred the Great in England. Although only loosely tied to history, the show shared that Alfred was committed to capturing his own history into books. He felt that if he didn’t record events and people into books that those events would be lost, almost as if they had never occurred.

There is something powerful with books and with words. Even Jesus Christ is called the Word. When God speaks things happen. Things get created. Spiritual wars are won.

The above verse is pretty clear. According to this verse, if your name is not found written in this “book of life” then you won’t make it to heaven but will be thrown into the lake of fire.

Today we don’t talk about hell much. We want to feel good about God basically allowing everyone, at least those who are not really evil, into heaven. Yet that is not the message of the Bible. Jesus talked about hell regularly. He was warning those who would listen that it is a real place reserved for those who do not choose to repent and follow God. Jesus took our punishment so that we don’t have to experience it. We appropriate eternal life by accepting it as a free gift that we cannot earn. But we still must accept the gift which requires humility and a recognition that we cannot get to heaven on our own.

Only those who receive forgiveness and make Jesus both Savior and Lord will have their names written in the book of life.

The last words of Jesus are recorded at the end of the book of Revelation. Jesus says “I am coming soon” three different times. Could Jesus come back today? If not today, then “soon”! Is your name in the book of life? Are you ready for His return?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please forgive me not being very serious when it comes to hell. So many people are heading there. I thank you that my name is written in the book of life. Please use me as Your tool to share the good news of Jesus with others so that their names will be written in the book as well.

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