Wednesday, October 28, 2015

YOUR NAME IS MORE THAN YOUR IDENTITY

By Ada Brownell

Excerpt from Imagine the Future You, Chapter 2



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What about your name? Your name has already appeared in many places. It first appeared on your birth certificate and the wristband you wore in the hospital after you were born. The newspaper might have run your name with the births. It certainly was on the birth announcements your parents mailed to friends and relatives.
Your doctor has a whole file that begins with your name. The school has files with you as the star. If and when you get a job, there will be files on you.
The government has archives on you, beginning with your Social Security number. The driver’s license bureau will keep records under your name. Your name will appear on loans, titles, and deeds.
Your name will be in the news in many cities if you make the honor roll or you receive awards or do notable things. Your name will be listed with marriage licenses and your engagement and wedding announcements may be in the newspaper—but hopefully it won’t be in the divorce column. If you are in a serious accident or arrested after age eighteen, your name would be in the news.

If you become a screen star, a politician, an inventor, a hero, extremely wealthy, a philanthropist, a model, a successful businessman, a writer, or just someone who voices an opinion in the right place, people will see your name. Your name could become a household word.
Mostly, however, our names are spoken more than written, as Joseph’s was. Sometimes your name just runs around in people’s heads.

For sure, unless the Lord Jesus Christ returns first or you are lost at sea or buried in an unknown tomb, someday your name will appear on a tombstone or an urn containing your ashes.
For the most part, your name reflects who you are and what you do. Today is the day to prepare for the future and decide who you will be and what you will do.

That brings us to an important book where you’d want your name to appear.

IMAGINE ULTIMATE ACHIEVEMENT

Your success at achieving the ultimate life begins with your name in the Book of Life, the “Who’s Who” of who is going to live forever in heaven.

How do you get in?

Different from some other Who’s Who books, you aren’t required to pay a fee or buy that edition. An entry is free of cost to you—but a huge amount already has been paid in blood for your name to be included. That’s called redemption because we were born into sin and the penalty for sin is death. But we have to accept it.

Jesus told his disciples to rejoice that their names were written in heaven.[1] The last book of the Bible, Revelation, has multiple references to the “Book of Life.”[2]

Revelation chapter 20 describes the vision the Apostle John saw of the Great White Throne Judgment: “I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to things written in the books.”

 In chapter 21, we’re given a description of heaven that “has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, there will be no night, nothing evil will be allowed to enter, and the only humans who will be there are those whose names are written in the Lamb’s (Jesus) Book of Life.”
It all begins when we make a decision to believe, and when we repent of our sins and accept the redemption, the abundant life, Jesus promised.

That’s when your name becomes special.





[1] Luke 10:20
[2] Rev. 3:5; Rev. 20:12; Rev. 21:27

TOMORROW: WHY JOSEPH'S NAME IS REMEMBER AFTER CENTURIES