If Your Name’s Not In The Book Nothing You Do Matters

September 11

“Nevertheless do not rejoice in this,
that the spirits are subject to you,
but rather – rejoice because your names
are written in heaven.”
Luke 10:20

The disciples returned from a mission and were excited that they were able to cast out demons. But when they told Jesus, he corrected their attitudes. It’s not in your works, it’s in the fact that you are saved.

We are not saved by the works we do. A person’s whole life can center around doing things in Jesus’s name and acquiring a great following. But all of that is useless if they don’t know him. “You must be born again,” Jesus said.

Many of the big-name televangelists today boast in the things they do in order to make themselves seem great and gather a lot of followers. But to many of them Jesus will say, “I never knew you.” They may bring in massive amounts of money, live in beautiful homes, travel the world in private jets to speak at conferences, wow the people with signs and wonders – but what good is it if Jesus will say to them, “I never knew you.”

Believers who are born again are led by the Spirit of God. You’ll never know what they’ll do next, where they’ll come and where they’ll go, because they are moved by the Spirit of God which is humanly unpredictable.

You MUST be born again. To “know” God is to recognize one’s evil fallen nature, to repent, and to surrender one’s whole self and whole life to him.

Could my tears forever flow,
these for sin could not atone-
thou must save, and thou alone;
In my hand no price I bring,
simply to thy Cross I cling.
-Lyrics to Rock of Ages



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