Making the Cut

September 29, 2009

“If anyone’s name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the Lake of Fire.” – Revelation 20:15

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was walking to the coach’s office to read who made the cut for the basketball team. The names on the door made the cut. If your name wasn’t there, you didn’t.

I was stunned! Where was my name? I had played basketball all my life. I was devastated to find my name was left off of the list.

God’s word tells us that when Jesus returns, all mankind will be divided into two lists. Those who make the cut and spend eternity on God’s team will have their name written in the Book of Life. All who don’t make it will spend eternity separated from God. Their names will be listed in the Book of Deeds and they’ll be devastated.
What’s the difference?

The Book of Life contains the names of people with repentant faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Those in the Book of Deeds will be people trying to make the cut by being good. None of us are good enough for Heaven. We have to be perfect. But there is One Who is perfect. His name is Jesus and He is our only hope of making the cut.

In which book are you?