The United States is entering another election cycle, and next year a popular vote will be taken to decide which candidate will be president.
From now until November of next year, the public will get a steady diet of political polls designed to tell which candidate is most popular. Personal attractiveness does not seem an acceptable criteria for selecting the most important ruler in the free world, but that is often what the process does.
Jesus was not concerned with his approval rating or his popularity. Instead, the Lord concentrated on his mission to tell people of the coming kingdom.
In Luke chapter 10, Jesus sent 70 to preach the message of the coming kingdom. He did not tell them to ingratiate themselves with the people to whom they would speak. Instead, he told them if they went into a city and were not accepted that they should say, “Even the dust of your city which clings to our feet we wipe off in protest against you; yet be sure of this, that the kingdom of God has come near” (Luke 10:10, NASB).
The 70 returned in joy telling Jesus that even the demons were subject to them (Luke 10:17).
Jesus told them that there was something else for which they should be thankful, and we should remember this, too. The Savior said, “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven” (Luke 10:20).
This statement is still as important as it was when Jesus said it. The most important thing we should make certain is that our names are written in heaven.
The apostle John wrote, “And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds” (Revelation 20:12).
On that last day, my friend, it won’t matter how popular you were in life, or how rich or how mighty. On the last day, the only thing that will matter is whether your name is written in the book of life.
Have you obeyed the gospel by believing that Jesus is the son of God? Have you repented of your sins and confessed his name before men? Have you been baptized in water for the remission of sin? If so, then your name is written in that book. If not, then you should make absolutely sure it will be written there.