Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
What must that have meant to them that their names would be confessed before God? Here were a few in Sardis who were faithful. Here was a remnant who held fast their faith when others had not. Here were some who were willing to stand in the minority. And though they may have been overlooked or cast aside by others, God knew them. He saw what they were doing. He knew the names of the ones who believed and obeyed His Word. Jesus would speak their names Himself. They were an unknown few here, but they are known in heaven, remembered forever by God.
Maybe at times we toil for the Lord feeling invisible or unappreciated or like only a few out of many. But that doesn’t have to discourage us. No one here may ever know who we are or what we do or our faithfulness to the Lord, but God knows our names. He sees our faithfulness, and He knows our love for Him. And when we trust in Him, He counts us worthy and gives us a place with Him.
The Bible is full of portions that are just lists of names, genealogies, accounts of who came from where and who did what. Because God is keeping track. He knows every person that He has made, and He keeps a book of every single one. And our names are either written in the book of life or blotted out. Our name is either confessed by Christ to the Father, signifying we are His, or else He has to say, “I never knew you; depart from me.”
Will there ever be a sweeter sound than our own name on the lips of Jesus when He confesses before the Father that we are His? Because when our names are in that book of life, we are granted life with Jesus eternally and receive that spotless robe. What a wonderful reminder that we are not forgotten by God. What an encouragement to know that we are not anonymous to Him. And even if it seems like many have fallen away and only a few are faithful, may we be willing to keep ourselves pure and unspotted as we live for Jesus and look forward to that day to come.