Virtually in every crusade and in some churches, after sermons, an alter-call is made for those who want to repent and give their lives to Jesus Christ and for those who want to renew their relationship with God.
The prayer goes thus, “Our Father in heaven, I humbly come before you this day asking that you forgive me of all my sins. I confess that I am a sinner and I have sinned against you. I repent of all my sins. Father, wash me with the blood of Jesus Christ that I may be whole again. Lord Jesus Christ, come into my heart, be my personal Lord and Savior. CANCEL MY NAME FROM THE BOOK OF DEATH AND WRITE MY NAME IN THE BOOK OF LIFE. Give me power to sin no more and the grace to live a righteous life in Jesus Christ name, amen.”
God would surely answer your prayers but this one, “CANCEL MY NAME FROM THE BOOK OF DEATH AND WRITE MY NAME IN THE BOOK OF LIFE,” is a prayer whose answer is dependent on your involvement with the COMMISSION of Jesus Christ to us. The COMMISSION says, “Go you into the world and preach the gospel…”
When you say the prayer, Jesus Christ asks, “What have you done for me?”
Does it surprise you? Let us go to the scriptures.
Jesus Christ prayed all night before He chose the twelve disciples. They were with Him baptizing the people, controlling the crowd, sharing food, assisting with His movements, they were always around Jesus and slept in the same chamber with Him etc. But they were never recognized by heaven and their names at that time was not written in heaven.
Until in Luke 10 vs. 1-20,
When the Lord sent them out to preach the gospel. And they went and came back rejoicing and told of their exploits. How that they casted out devils and the spirits were subject to them.
Jesus Christ said to them, that the spirits were subject to you is not what you should rejoice about.
YOU SHOULD REJOICE THAT YOUR NAMES ARE NOW WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE. That is what you should rejoice about. The demons were subject to them because they went out to preach His name ( Luke 1 vs. 17)
So all this while, they had no place in Zion; heaven didn’t know them; their names were not in the book of life yet they were always in the company of Jesus Christ attending to Him.
In Philippians 4:3, Paul said, “And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women who laboured with me, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.”
Note that they have laboured and toiled with Paul in the gospel winning souls for Christ before they had their names written in the book of life. Paul confirmed this through the power of the Holy Spirit.
What is the secret here?
1, The book of life, in its reality is the book of Jesus.
2, Jesus said to Martha, I am resurrection and LIFE.
3. In John 6 vs. 63, “The WORDS that I speak to you, they are Spirit and LIFE.”
4, Jesus Christ is the word of God made flesh.
So when you preach the WORD, you are preaching Jesus -the LIFE- into the life of anyone listening to you.
And as you preach LIFE to someone, automatically, your name appears in the book of LIFE because you are a partaker of the LIFE you preach. Heaven recognized the disciples only when they had gone to preach the gospel. It was after they came back that He gave them power.
The bible says, LIFE and death are in the power of the tongue and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
You are a partaker of that which comes out of your mouth.
No wonder Jesus said if you are ashamed to proclaim me before the people, I will also be ashamed of you before my Father and His angels.
He knows the secret of proclaiming the gospel and the hidden arithmetic involved with it.
AS YOU PREACH LIFE TO ANOTHER, YOU SECURE YOUR OWN LIFE. FAILURE TO PREACH LIFE TO ANOTHER MEANS YOU UPHOLD DEATH AND YOUR NAME REMAINS IN THE BOOK OF DEATH.
So He was saying this to encourage us so that we can SECURE our place in Zion and to have our names written in His book- the book of LIFE.
Have you preached the gospel today? Know what you gain when you preach the WORD and what you loose when you don’t.
God bless you.