This REO Speed Wagon from 1941 was the inspiration for a family name! My friend’s husband was named after Uncle Reo, the 13th child in his family. The father was not allowed to take his newborn home until he had a name. So, looking out the hospital window he saw his neighbor go by in a REO truck and took the name from its side! (REO actually stands for Ransom E. Olds, founder of Oldsmobile). This name continues in the family as the daughter’s name!
Today’s verse tells us that unlike names on earth that may eventually die out, there will one day be names that will never be blotted out. These are names that remain in the Book of Life. The ones who are victorious are the ones whose names will remain. Not only that, Jesus will acknowledged those names before God the Father and the angels. The victorious ones are those who will be dressed in white, like those from the Church of Sardis who remained faithful. Those who have placed their faith in Jesus are the victorious ones! (I John 5:4) God gives us this victory through His Son (I Cor. 15:57).
My name is only in the Book of Life because of Him. Because of His unmerited favor towards me, He has written it there. Nothing and no one has the authority to blot out my name except Him and He has promised to never blot it out. Nothing will ever separate me from His undeserved love (Rom. 8:37-39). My name is written in permanent ink because of His victory over sin and death!
Thank you Lord, for the victory I have in You!