Posted in encouragement, theology

Your name is written…but where?

By Elizabeth Prata

The Bible says that our names are written down.

Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven. (Luke 10:20)

to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, (Hebrews 12:23)

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with pa new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it. (Revelation 2:17)

Everyone who wins the victory will wear white clothes. Their names will not be erased from the book of life, and I will tell my Father and his angels that they are my followers. (Revelation 3:5)

When I’m teaching, and a child has finally exceeded his limit of chances and warnings, we call for his agenda notebook which goes home every day, and write his name down in it. It’s a sobering moment. He knows it’s serious, he knows he’s in trouble. He looks downcast. The other children quiet down too, not wanting their name to go home with a “bad note” to mom and dad.

We also have a program where we write a note to mom and dad on a postcard lauding the child for good work or super behavior. We mail it. They love to see their names written on the gaily colored postcard coming in the “real mail”, just for them. They are so proud.

Imagine the gravity of the moment when your name will be revealed in heaven…where will it be written down? It it in the Lamb’s Book of life in heaven? Or is it written on a tombstone where you will endure the second death?

If you have repented of your sins to Jesus, who was the sacrificial lamb taking on the sin of the world, died, and was resurrected, and turned your life over to Him, snatching it away from satan, your name will be revealed in heaven in glory as a righteous child of God. If not, then your name will be revealed in heaven as a child of satan and you will be cast to the second death.


These are not popular thoughts, I know. Everyone likes to think his name is written in heaven and glory awaits, because “God is love” and how could he not love me, they think. But the truth is that “many will go to destruction.” (Matthew 7:13). Please don’t let that be you. Repent, live for Christ, follow His precepts, obey righteousness, and these fleeting troubles will melt away as the postcard to heaven reveals your lauded name to the Father.

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Christian writer and Georgia teacher's aide who loves Jesus, a quiet life, art, beauty, and children.