This past Saturday I went up to the Southern State Correctional Facility to visit one of the guys who has come to our church and is now being housed there. I have to be honest, it’s not my favorite place to visit. I remember the first time I went to visit at a prison in Clio, Alabama and hearing that incredibly sobering sound of the gates closing behind me and sealing me in. I would have rather been anyplace else other than there. So, there is a measure of anxiety that accompanies visits like these.
The process is pretty simple here, much different then I remember it being in Alabama. I entered through the main door and got a locker for everything I had in my possession. Honestly, I had forgotten I was carrying my Leatherman tool—the guard reminded me in a gentle but firm fashion that I wouldn’t need to bring that with me the next time. Once everything is in the locker I took off my shoes and passed through the metal detector—which invariably goes off every time I go through one. The guard checked the inside of my shoes—a thankless task—and then scanned over me with the detector wand thing. It didn’t find anything so I had passed the process to this point.
After putting on my shoes I moved to the next and most important level of clearance. At the visitor check in desk there is a book. It’s a simple white binder with several pages of inmate information. Each inmate has to fill out forms for who will be allowed in to see them. If your name is not in the book you can’t be allowed in. After scanning through for a few seconds the guard found my name and I was allowed in to see the inmate.
The process brought to mind the day that is coming when we will appear before the Lord at the Great White Throne. See this Scripture:
11 Then I saw a great white throne and One seated on it. Earth and heaven fled from His presence, and no place was found for them. 12 I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to their works by what was written in the books. 13 Then the sea gave up its dead, and Death and Hades gave up their dead; all were judged according to their works. 14 Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And anyone not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire. (HCSB)
On that day, we’re informed, there will be one book that matters above all books. THE BOOK OF LIFE. In this book is written the names of those who have entered into that faith relationship with God through Christ. Those whose names are found in the Book of Life will enter into eternal life in heaven. Those whose names are absent from the book of life will be cast into eternal condemnation. It matters whether your name is there.
Think about the places where your name needs to appear for admittance
- Reservation List
- Hotel Room List
- Party Invitation List
- Appointment List
How do you get your name on these lists? You make a call or answer an invitation. That’s also how you get your name on the list in the Lamb’s Book of Life. He has invited you to come to Him, but you have to respond to that invitation by faith. When you make that choice to follow Christ your name is penned in indelible ink in the Book of Life and it can never be erased. (Rev. 3.5)
So, I have to ask in closing, is your name on the list? Have you answered the invitation of the Lord Jesus into that faith relationship? If not, make a call right now and get that reservation set. Pray the following prayer or something similar in faith, believe, and live with Jesus as Lord of your life.
Lord, I answer your invitation to eternal life right now. I know I’m not invited because of who I am because alone I am lost, a sinner without hope. But through your death on the cross I am invited to become your child. I believe in Jesus and all that He has done for me. I come today in response to your invitation to come to you. I want to live my life here and hereafter with you as Lord over my life. Grant that my name be written in your book forever and help me walk with you and live with you everyday. Thank you for the assurance of heaven, and for your presence in my life. AMEN
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It is the greatest and most important decision you will ever make in your life.