Revelation 20:15 (NIV)

If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

Christmas season is coming up and we hear the familiar tunes again. I keep hearing in my head "He's making a list and he's checking it twice." You know, the naughty and nice thing. We'll I can tell you, I probably deserve to be on the naughty list. I am reminded of the times I've slipped up and let my tongue get unruly, and the times I've suppressed the leading of the Holy Spirit to do the right thing. I'm talking about recently too. The list this verse is talking about is a different type of list from Santa's however. You can't call it the "nice" list because there are some really bad dudes on this list, or at least they used to be really bad. I'm not really bad but like I've already confessed, I'm not so good all the time either. The difference is, that I don't enjoy being bad. My pastor once said, that now that he's saved, he sins all he wants to...he doesn't want to anymore. The biggest difference in this list from Santa's is that once you get on this list you don't get off. That's called security, the eternal kind.

OK, so I've been beating around the bush. After hitting you with this verse, I wanted to lighten things up a little bit to keep you around long enough to read this far. You've already read the heavy stuff and I'm reminding you of it now. There is a time limit to get on this list. It's called life. You may have lots left or you may have just a few more hours. Thrown into the lake of fire, that's a terrible consequence of not getting your name written in the book of life. You know what it takes--surrender. Give it up, give your life over to Christ. Let him be Lord and master of your life. Trust in the promises of God, you can find them in the Bible. The bible calls the promises exceedingly great and precious. Escape the wrath that is to come. This why it is called "being saved."


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