Matthew 7:22-23: Many will say to Me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons and in Your name perform many miracles?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you. Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness. (NASB)
When my husband had car trouble, he placed a collect call to my parents because he needed a ride home. The operator asked my mom to accept the phone charges from “Ron.”
“Ron who?” she cried indignantly. (We had been married for eight years!)
Needless to say, Mom never heard the last of that one! It happens to all of us. The face may look familiar but the name just will not come. Thankfully, God doesn’t forget our names. He keeps a book of remembrance called the Book of Life.
Revelation 20:15: if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (NASB)
Want to get into that book? Simple. Confess your sin and ask forgiveness for it. Then ask Jesus, who died to pay the price for your sin, into your life as Lord and Saviour. He remembers names and forgets forgiven sins!
Hebrews 8:12: for I will be merciful to their iniquities and I will remember their sins no more! (NASB)
Prayer: Lord, we admit that our memories just are not what they were. Names and faces often escape us. But You, Oh Lord, You never forget a face, especially when it’s turned toward You. Thanks for remembering our names but forgiving and forgetting our sins. Amen.