Not long ago, my good friend and former ministry partner had his first book published. I was excited to obtain a copy of his work and began reading right away. I was totally surprised when within the first few pages I saw my own name. My friend had dedicated the book to me and several others who had inspired him to write. I didn’t think I deserved such an honor, but it was a joy to find my name written in the book.
The Bible says God also has books, and the most important one seems to be the Lamb’s Book of Life. Revelation 21 tells how God’s people will one day live in a heavenly city, where there is no need of the sun because the glory of God will be the light (v. 23). Jesus, who is called the Lamb of God, will be in that city, “But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life” (v. 27). I think of that Book as like a directory—an official list of God’s citizens.
Last week, I was at a Christian camp in Pennsylvania, where we shared the gospel with about 50 elementary campers. One morning, a counselor came to me very excited, saying, “last night one of the kids in our cabin had his name added to the Book of Life!” I shared his excitement over a camper praying to ask Jesus to be His Savior.
If you’ve trusted that Jesus died and rose again to forgive your sins, then you too have assurance of your name being in His Book of Life. When the Writing is finally finished, and the Book is opened, will your name be found?