“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Announced in Heaven

(Please read Matthew 10:32)

October 16

What a glorious honor our text mentions, to have our names announced in heaven by the very Lord whom we confess! It’s something to remember and hold on to when life gets hard and faith begins to waver. While there may be an implication here that Jesus confesses us as his disciples only when we first confess him, it’s possible that he confesses us continually even as we continually show and profess our belief in and allegiance to him. Later on, Peter confessed Christ with these words: “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God,” and Jesus immediately replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah” (Matthew 16:16-17, NIV).

It is also reassuring that the names of believers are entered in “the book of life,” for Jesus promised not to erase from the book of life the names of those who overcome, but will confess their names before the Father and his angels (Revelation 3:5). The book of life is mentioned several times in the Bible. Moses revealed that his name was in it, Daniel apparently referred to it, and John indicated that it contained names “written from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8, NAS).

Perhaps the language is figurative, not descriptive of a literal volume or volumes; we don’t know. What is important is that “the Lord know those who are His” (2 Timothy 2:19). So any time you feel too much alone, not sure that the Lord really notices you and cares for you, remember and be uplifted by this wonderful truth: Heaven knows my name!

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