English Standard Version (ESV)
What are your goals? The names that are recorded in the Book of Life are those that are willing to submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ -- that means they don't get to be their own master, but rather have chosen to follow Christ, to bow before him and let him lead. They have placed their trust in Christ, believing that Christ knows better, and that his wisdom will lead to true and abundant life. They have done this in the midst of a world that tells them to secure for themselves an everlasting reputation by grasping at power and fame. They have ignored the siren call to build their own kingdom, recognizing that things built by human hands for human glory will eventually fail. They have chosen their place in the everlasting kingdom of God, believing that even the lowest in this eternal realm is higher than any place in an earthly Kingdom.
So what will your choice be? Will you take your place with the saints of the church, doing the task set before you with faithfulness and gratitude? Or, out of resentment at being asked to serve, will you go your own way?