Book of Life

“THERE IT IS!”  I whispered to my husband sitting next to me.

                Listed alphabetically in the credits of the movie Swan Song were the names of the extras.  My name was among those on the list.  How exciting it was to see my name listed along with so many others!  Yet, if you were watching the movie, you only saw me for two brief moments.  And then, you had to know where to look.  If you blinked during those moments, you missed me.

                After watching the movie, I shook the hand of director John Hancock and his wife, Dorothy Tristan, who co-starred in it.  I thanked them both for allowing me to be a part of Swan Song.  I shared with them how intrigued I was at the amount of people it took to film such a production.  I was totally amazed the days I filmed; and still am, thinking of the hours and hours and hours it took to make a movie that lasted a little under two .  A vast number of people were filmed, and many worked behind the scenes to accomplish this creation.

                As I thought about the number of people it took to make the movie, my  mind wandered to God’s kingdom and the vast quantity of people that are doing His work.  There are many who work in the public’s eye, and many more who work behind the scenes bringing honor and glory to God.  As each live out their life, God watches.  According to the book of Revelation in the Bible, He records their name in the book of life based on how they lived.

                As excited as I was to see my name in the credits of Swan Song, I will be even more excited when I get to Heaven and find my name recorded in the book of life.  When I stand before God, and He reads the names of those who made it “in”, I pray that my name will be listed among them.  I vow to live my life in such a manner that it is wholly and pleasing to God.  In so doing, I pray that I will be granted a place in God’s kingdom; spending eternity with the Creator Himself.  I can’t think of anything more awesome than that!

Nothing impure will ever enter it (Heaven), nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Revelation 21:27, NIV)

Prayer:  Dear God, help me to realize that some won’t make it into Heaven.  Encourage me to live my life in such a way that those observing me will see You.  Let Your love and lessons pour through me; ministering to those around me who are hurting and looking for hope.  Help them to be drawn to You as You use me for Your honor and glory.  Let me be Your vessel.  In the precious name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.

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