“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
(Please read Luke 10:19-20)
Do you have a family Bible with pages for recording births, marriages and deaths in the family? It used to be the custom to maintain such records and they were cherished by succeeding generations. Some have had a vital role in determining the distribution of inheritances. Besides that, they fulfilled the innate need of people for some “official” way to let the world know they existed and wanted to be remembered.
In spite of family Bibles and official records of various kinds, our best efforts to be remembered will likely go for naught if the world stands long enough. The writer of Ecclesiastes put it this way, “There is no remembrance of men of old, and even those who are yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow” (1:11, NIV).
In our text, though, Jesus spoke of an everlasting registry, one which will not fade or be lost. Paul called it “the book of life” in Philippians 4:3. Moses, Daniel and Malachi referred to such a record, and the writer of Hebrews wrote of “the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven” (12:23).
God knows his people, and he will never forget them or lose their names. While there are many names in the Bible of people who were outstanding in the early church, there were thousands more who were quietly living Christian lives and bringing others to Christ. The world has forgotten them, but God knows each one by name. What an honor, to be entered in God’s own book!