In 2000, I wrote a devotional about our daughter's dog, Precious. When we had to have her put to sleep due to old age and a fall, it was a really difficult day for all of us. She had survived with skin cancer for over five years and had a good life, but we still struggled on that day. Shortly after that, I made up a collage of pictures of Precious with each of us and named it "'Precious' Memories".
When our son turned 40 three years ago and our daughter turned 40 this year, I scrapbooked a photo album for each of them, celebrating their first 40 years of life.
Just as all our memories of Precious and our family members are special to each of us, we are precious in God's sight, and every detail of our lives is important to Him. In His book of life, He has recorded the names of all those who have believed in His Son, Jesus.
Revelation 21:27 – Nothing impure will ever enter [the New Jerusalem], nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life. (NIV)
Revelation 20:12 – And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. (NIV)
Is your name written in God's book of life? The invitation is always there. Jesus is waiting for each one of us to accept His invitation to invite Him into our hearts and lives.
If you haven't already invited Jesus into your heart, you can pray this prayer: "Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe that You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust You and follow You as my Lord and Saviour."
If you have sincerely prayed this prayer, then you can be assured that your name is in God's book of life, and that you have been forgiven.
1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (NKJV)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You that when we believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him as our Lord and Saviour, our names are written in Your book of life. Help us to remain faithful to You in all of the circumstances that we face each and every day of our lives. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
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Listen while you read: "All Glory Laud And Honour" (Lyrics)