I’ve wondered, if when my time comes, when I’m welcomed by Jesus through heaven’s gates, that there will be some who see me and immediately want to quit heaven’s welcoming committee and start carrying placards protesting my presence! ‘Fischer’s a Fink. Keep Heaven Heavenly. Toss the Sinner Out.’ I think not!
Reading Hebrews 11 comforts me with its last verse–‘And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they not be made perfect’ (Heb. 11:39-40). Could it be that those Hebrews 11 heroes of the faith, that none will be complete until you and I cross the finish line? Heaven is not the same without us? Paradise waits patiently for, well, you know who? And no placard-plastered protesters in sight.
Such good news. Heaven yearns, even pines for us until our homecoming. Complete only when the seating at the Lord’s banquet table is full. None empty. None whatsoever.
I cuddle up next to the idea of the waiting Father, whose patience seems limitless. Never giving up on His own. With hands wide open. Expectant and hopeful. On the other hand, I’m dying to see Jesus return and wipe out His enemies once and for all. To rid the world of nasty buggers. Evil dictators and sin-loving godless folk. All of them, vamoose!
Thank God I’m not God with my appalling attitude. Imagine all who would be left out if I were in charge. Including me? Maybe you? Fear not. Our patient Lord Jesus puts up with the likes of even me.
So we live in an in-between time, a pause that allows God’s people to repent and become one of His family. This becomes our opportunity to promote His Kingdom. To share Jesus with others. To dig deeper into our treasure trove of shekels sharing with others. To be purposeful. Committed to what we believe in. Where our faith’s rubber meets the road.
Since I first heard about Jesus’ love while listening to the radio, guess what type of ministry I’m eager to support? Right. Go to the head of the class! Then I do what’s natural as a believer–give so that someone else can hear about the Lord, as they listen to Christian radio programs, as I did many years ago.
Any ideas about how you can help others to hear about your Lord? It’s still early in the year, with time to get busy. For Him. For a change.
Father, help me to share Jesus with others. More than ever. Amen.