Lou Proctor called himself a baseball player, and the Baseball Encyclopedia agreed. So there he is on page 1304, listed with everyone who played major league baseball. But when the next edition goes to press his name will be missing. It’s been discovered that Proctor was the press-box telegraph operator for the 1912 St. Louis Cardinals. He never was a player. He put his own name in the boxscore of a game, thus getting into the Baseball Encyclopedia. Proctor was an impostor.
God is keeping a book too. In it, He places the name of everyone who is born again. It’s the book that indicates who will be allowed to enter heaven. It lists no impostors. Yet some people think there’s another way to get their name recorded in that book. They get on a church roll or they try to buy their way to heaven by generous giving to worthy causes. Still others do good deeds, figuring that this will get them listed.
The only to heaven is through faith in Jesus (John 3:15). He said that “unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).
If God has not written your name in the Book of Life, you face eternal separation from Him. You can make sure that your name is listed among the redeemed by trusting Jesus as your Savior today! There is no room in heaven for impostors. – J. David Branon
We cannot earn new life in heaven
By works or human worth;
It’s trusting Christ and what He did
That brings to us new birth. – J. D. Branon
We are saved by God’s mercy, not by our merit – by Christ’s dying, not by our doing.
- October 26, 1990, Our Daily Bread