I was reading a book by Robert Liardon titled “I saw Heaven”.
It’s an account of his trip to Heaven when he was 8 years old.
And I and my sister got talking about Heaven and how it would be such a joy to meet Jesus, see Jesus physically, laugh with Him and just be with our saviour and Lord.
And from there we got talking about our crown.
My sister said something like “it’s as if we should just go now ba?”
And I said “no, my crown won’t be so large right now, my reward won’t be so great now, I can’t die now”.
We both started talking about Luke 15 where Jesus talks about what joy is in Heaven when one soul is reaped for the kingdom of God.
And she asked me ‘how many souls have you brought to Jesus?”
I sat and pondered and pondered on that question.
Here is the truth:
Yes everyone who is born again (and not abusing the grace of God by still dabbling into sins DELIBERATELY) will go to Heaven when they depart from this earth.
No, everyone’s reward won’t be the same.
“He who plants and he who waters are equal (one in aim, of the same importance and esteem), yet each shall receive his own reward (wages), according to his own labor.”
(Maybe next week , if led, we will talk about works and what kind of works are acceptable unto the Lord; works that will pass the test when heated with the fire of the Lord)
What have you done with the gospel that God has given to you?
What have I done with the life that God has given to me in Him?
Am I so concerned about irrelevant things so much so that I have lost sight of what matters?
My sister asked me: ‘what lives are connected to yours?”
She said ‘I am just starting oh, I don’t even know my assignment yet…”
But I don’t have that excuse. I have been saved for almost 5 years now, what I have done with the gospel God has given to me.
If I should die today, how many souls would I have with which to greet the Lord?
Would He say “welcome my good and faithful servant, you multiplied what I gave you?’ or would it just be “welcome Frances” ALONE?
Would there be cheers from the cloud of witnesses confirming that I ran my race and established God’s kingdom in the sphere He gave to me or would there just be “welcome Frances ALONE”.
“In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!”
Am I giving Heaven a reason to celebrate right now or do I go through the 365 days a year not registering any joy in Heaven?
I am personalizing these questions because I have been thinking about them for myself.
You know some may say “Frances you have the blog, do you know how many lives God is reaching through it?”
But I also know that I am faltering in the area of evangelism.
Since last year I have been feeling tugged on to at least once in a week take my Bible and go and evangelize. But somehow I haven’t gotten the boldness to do so.
I travel, sit in buses and speak in tongues to myself; I don’t say nothing except I am having a private conversation with someone. Why can’t I share Jesus when I go out?
There are lost souls all around.
Why don’t I want to give Heaven a reason to rejoice each day?
Oh Lord, help me.
How many souls do I have to greet the Lord with?
How many do you have?
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This year I have been telling God; I don’t want to be a motivational speaker, I want to speak with power in my words. I want life enough to convict men unto repentance and souls to return unto Jesus.
Yes, there is “The women at the well”, and I am staying faithful there, but there is more.
Don’t you know that there is more?
Today I want us all to ponder on this:
If you die today, how many souls would you have with which to greet the Lord?
What would your welcome be like in Heaven?
Sometimes as Christians we forget that this world isn’t our home.
No, really, it isn’t.
I have been studying Timothy this week and I was meditating on some of Paul’s words.
Paul would say things like:
“Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was raised from the dead. This is the Good News I preach.
And because I preach this Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained.
So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen.”
This man had an understanding that some of us don’t yet have.
They lived with the knowledge that this world isn’t their home and the curtain would be drawn at any moment. and when that curtain is drawn, they wanted to be able to see Jesus and tell Him we worked for you and the kingdom while we were on earth.
What’s your aim on earth right now?
Are you working for yourself or for Jesus?
Do the need for souls to be brought into the Kingdom burn in your heart?
In your office, school, wherever God has placed you… what’s your driving force?
What’s your motivation for what you do?
Does what matters to Jesus matter to you?
Would you ask Him to tell you what He wants you to do with this earthly life?
If you die today, what soul would you have to greet the Lord with?
I am pondering on these questions myself.
As you think on thisÂ today, ask the Lord to open your heart to what matters.
To change your focus.
To make the kingdom your priority.
I leave you all with the hymn Â I and my sister wrapped up our conversation with below:
Must I go, and empty handed
By Charles Carroll Luther
âMust I go, and empty-handed,â
Thus my dear Redeemer meet?
Not one day of service give Him,
Lay no trophy at His feet?Â âMust I go, and empty-handed?â
Â Â Must I meet my Savior so?
Not one soul with which to greet Him:
Â Â Â Â Must I empty-handed go?
Not at death I shrink nor falter,
For my Savior saves me now;
But to meet Him empty-handed,
Thought of that now clouds my brow.
O the years in sinning wasted;
Could I but recall them now,
I would give them to my Savior,
To His will Iâd gladly bow.
O ye saints, arouse, be earnest,
Up and work while yet âtis day;
Ere the night of death oâertake thee,
Strive for souls while still you may.
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