Rev 21: 27 But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life.
I received a letter the other day informing me my name has been written in a book for who's who among students in American Universities and colleges.
One of the sentences in the letter states, "It is my great pleasure to officially announce that you are a part of this elite group..."
Luke 10:20 "...but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."
While happy to receive the recognition (and a chance for a scholarship), it got me thinking that more than anything, the only "elite group" I really desire to be a part of is the Kingdom of my Heavenly Daddy. May I always strive to live according to His ways as outlined in His Holy Word. I am thankful He has engraved me on His hand, loves me just as I am, and will welcome me into His eternal Kingdom when that day comes!
Isaiah 49:16 (God speaking) "...Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands"
"Jesus loves me, this I know".....
and to me, that is the highest honor.
Isaiah 43: 1-4 "Fear not, for I have redeemed you"
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior....you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you. -- Romans 8:16-17The Message (MSG)
15-17 This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike "What's next, Papa?" God's Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what's coming to us - an unbelievable inheritance! -- Matthew 25:34
"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.'"