The List

22 06 2011

My son was nervous and excited. He had applied for a special study program and this was the moment when he would find out whether he had made it or not. We walked into the office and asked about his application. The woman behind the desk checked the “official” book. There at the top of the list was his name. She let him look at the paperwork that announced his official placement in the program and told him that he could look at the list at any time. My son left the office beaming and more confident. He had seen his name on the list.

Knowing he was on the list changed the rest of his day. It affected the way he walked, what he talked about, how he viewed his choices, and the decisions he made about tomorrow. It shuffled his priorities and became the lens through which he made his plans. Being on the list is a powerful thing.

“And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done.” – Revelation 20:12.

God has a list. It is a list of the redeemed. The book of life holds within it all the names of those who have chosen Jesus. It chronicles the hearts of all who have resolved to know nothing but Christ and Him crucified. It celebrates those who have committed themselves to living in His power, walking by His side, and depending on His grace.

Knowing that our names are on the list should change everything. We can walk confidently through our days. Struggles, hardships, heartache, and disappointment don’t change the truth that we are on the list. What should change is our perspective. Being on Jesus’ list should impact what we talk about, how we view our choices and our circumstances, and the decisions we make about where we will invest our hearts.

My Jesus Resolution today is to remember I am on the list. I am God’s chosen child. He picked me, saved me, wants me, and is transforming me. He loves to remind me that I am His, and constantly calls me to let the truth that my name is written in His book permeate every part of who I am. Are you on the list?


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22 06 2011
Linda Castleman

It is one of God’s great blessings to know that I am on the list. I’m so grateful for those that taught me the truth long ago and that I chose to follow that truth the rest of my life. Thank you, Casandra. Praying the Emily makes it home safely and not too tired.

23 06 2011
Cynthia Suggs

WOW! What else can we say? It is so great to know we are His.

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