This is a story from Randy Alcorn on Heaven. A story that drives home the point, are we ready?
Mr Alcorn has a friend, a professional singer, but the name of Ruthanne Metzgar. She was asked to sing at a wedding of a very wealty man. The reception held on the top two floors of Seattle’s Columbia Tower, the tallest skyscaper. Her and her husband were excited to be able to attend.
At the start of the reception, the bride and groom approached a beautiful glass and brass staircase that lead to the top floor. The ribbon was cut at the bottom of the stairs and they ascended, follow by the guests.
At the top of the stairs, the maitre d’ stood holding a bound book. My I have your name please he asked. Ruthanne Metzger and this is my husband Roy, she said. So he searched the M’s and could not find it. There must be a mistake she replied I was the singer! The gentleman said it does not matter who you are or what you did. Without your name in this book you cannot attend the banquet.
He motioned to a waiter and said Please show these people to the service elevator. They followed the waiter past the beautiful decorated tables laden with shimp, smoked salmon and magnificent carved ice sculptures. The orchestra was preparing to preform, all dressed in white tuxedos. The waiter lead them to the service elevator and pressed G for the garage.
After driving several miles in silence, Roy reach over and held her hand and asked. What just happened there? Will she said when the invitation arrived I was busy and did not return the RVSP. Besides I was the singer they would still let me in. Ruthanne wept, not only had she missed the most lavish banquet, but as well she got a small taste of what it would be like someday for people to stand before Christ and find out their names were not written in the Lamb’s book of Life.
Christ all through the ages, gave out invitations to the marriage feast of the Lamb. Many too busy or did not take it serious and not allowed in.
For by grace are ye saved, though faith, not of yourselves, it is a gift of God , not of works lest anyone could boost. Ephesians 2:8,9