“Nothing impure will ever enter it, 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 1984).
My Musings – In “It’s Not In The Book!” Ruthanna Metzgar, a professional singer, relates the following story. She was once asked to sing at the wedding of a millionaire. The reception was held on the top two floors of Seattle’s Columbia Tower, the Northwest’s tallest skyscraper. To gain entrance to the lavish feast, guests were greeted by a gentleman with a bound book. After giving her name (and spelling it out) she was informed that her name was not in the book and that he could not let her pass. Pleading her case, ““I am the singer. I sang for this wedding!” she was told, “it doesn’t matter who you are or what you did, without your name in the book you cannot attend this banquet.” She later recalled that she had received an invitation to the reception, but had neglected to respond.
While we might feel bad for someone in Ruthanna’s position, most would understand why she was denied access. Yet, when it comes to Christ’s Kingdom many will claim that they did this or that in His name. Gave to this or that cause in His name. Held certain positions in a church bearing His name. No matter. “Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life” “will ever enter [in].” Still, many will complain that God is not being fair.
My Advice – It’s not enough to receive the invitation. One must respond positively. If not, “it [won’t] matter who you are or what you did, without your name in the book you cannot” gain admittance. Incidentally, not any old invitation will do. It must come from the bridegroom. Have you responded to His invitation?