Is Your Name Written in the Book of Life?
Accepting God’s gift of unmerited grace
by Joanne Troppello
I’ve mentioned this a few times in my columns at Mustard Seed Sentinel, that I’ve been saved for 32 years, and I got saved at a young age. In my twenties, I did not focus on living life in eternity. Yes, I knew that was where I was headed, but my mind and heart were focused on living life. Yes, I loved the Lord and was saved, but I didn’t want to “think” about Heaven too much.
Now that I’m in my forties—and having survived this surreal and insane year of 2020—my focus has been turning more and more toward my real home in Heaven.
In Revelation chapter 3, we read this passage of the angel speaking to the church in Sardis, labeled as the “Dead Church”.
“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, ‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’” – Rev. 3:1-6 (NKJV)
God’s Unmerited Favor
This is a well-known verse of the Bible:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16 (NKJV)
The BEST decision I’ve ever made was to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. In Ephesians, we read the following verse about salvation:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God.” – Ephesians 2:8 (NKJV)
Life as a Christian
My life has never been all rosy and getting saved never changed that. I didn’t expect living as a Christian to be a life full of roses, but some people do. Yes, God has always provided for all of my NEEDS, but not necessarily all of my WANTS. There is a big difference between a need and a want.
Aside from the gift of salvation, the peace and comfort of the Holy Spirit has been the other important gift in my life.
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” – John 14:15-18 (NJKV)
If I did not have the peace, comfort, and guidance of the Holy Spirit each day, I don’t know where I’d be or how I’d make it through life.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ.” Jesus. – Phil. 4:6-7 (NKJV)
I can attest to the fact that the “peace of God” truly does “surpass all understanding”. The peace of God is real. It has comforted me daily and I cannot live my life without it.
However, when I focus on my circumstances and the problems I’m dealing with—and don’t hand them over to God, or take them back once I’ve handed them over—that peace is unattainable. That’s because I’m allowing my problems to rule over me instead of me ruling over them and allowing God to work in every situation according to His will.
Is your name written in the Book of Life? How long have you been saved? I’d love to know your testimony. Feel free to comment below.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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