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Monday, May 17, 2010

“Will Your Name be Added?”

Washington D.C. is full of amazing architecture. Government buildings lined with marble stretch several city blocks. The colossal Washington Monument stands proudly over the city, honoring “The Father of our Country.” President Abraham Lincoln stares with sternness as he sits in his giant chair of justice, honoring the hero who strategically held our nation together during one of the worst periods of American history.

But one monument which dampens the eyes and plucks the heart of every American is the Vietnam Wall. It’s a simple design, yet profound in theology. The wall made of granite stretches 380 ft (longer than a football field). It holds the inscribed names of 58,195 valiant American soldiers who lost their lives in the line of duty. But recently, one more name was added to the Vietnam Wall. Lt. Colonel William L. Taylor, a hero of the Vietnam War, passed away. His family, along with the United States Army, requested that his name be added. The family, the media, and a skilled craftsmen gathered at the memorial to witness the Colonel’s legacy be transferred to a memorable wall. After the inscription was complete, the media interviewed the family. The family replied, “It just looked like magic! I don’t know how the craftsmen did it, but now people can come and touch his name. And when they do, they can remember what it means to be a good man, a strong soldier, and a GREAT American! Only the best of the best deserve to be on this wall!”

The Bible tells us that our names will “added” at the end of our lives. The Vietnam Wall is a structure housed with honor, but our names will be added to something even more honorable. John writes “…our names will be written in the Lamb’s book of life.” (Revelation 21:27)

How will our names be “added?” Our names will be in the Lamb’s book because of our years of service to the King. Our names won’t appear there by magic! Tourists won’t touch our name and remember what it means to be a GREAT American! But on The Day of Judgment, Jesus will flip through the pages, God will read our name, and we will receive the highest honor when he says, “Well done, thy Good and faithful servant!”

Will your name be “added?” It doesn’t just happen! That book is reserved for the best of the best!