Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Joy of the Journey...

This week I saw God in a thought that came to me during growth group. I have been pretty busy lately with Easter plans, preparing my oldest for PSSA's, spring cleaning, and trying to make time for the people God brings my way. Sometimes life feels like a lot of work!

At growth group someone was pondering what it would be like for them if they ran across Hitler in heaven. This person wanted to know what the rest of us thought would happen if during his last moments living, Hitler had prayed the sinners prayer. Did he deserve salvation after all he'd done? How would it be fair for God to let Hitler in at the last minute, when the rest of us had worked so hard to serve Christ nearly our whole lives? And he'd get away with terrible crimes and confess/repent last minute, and be saved, and go to heaven?! The more she spoke about it the more worked up she got. To be honest, I have never thought about these things before and am not sure how they pertained to our study. (We are a bunch of women, it takes very little for us to get off topic!) But in the midst of all this the thought occurred to me that it doesn't matter if other people get in to heaven at the last minute and others have served the Lord their whole lives. It's the joy of the journey that matters. It shouldn't feel like work, though it does sometimes, to serve God faithfully. I would rather work or serve my whole life long and have the joy of the journey of knowing Him through it all, than repent last minute and meet Him for the first time in heaven! I would have missed so much! So this week I see God in the joy of the journey. Do you?

1 comment:

  1. Erica,

    What an awesome Truth! It's not a chore or a burden but a delight. A very simple Word from Jesus in John 17:3. In a prayer to His Father, He defines Eternal Life as 'Knowing You, the only true and real God, and knowing Him, Jesus the Anointed, Whom You have sent." His relationship with the Father was the priceless, most valuable pearl to Jesus, for which He would sell everything. Should it not be ours as well? Is there anything more wonderful than it? We walk and talk with the Trinity in us, the Great I Am; it doesn't get any better than that!

    We have the ability through Jesus to advance the Kingdom of God here on earth at every second; what an awesome purpose, job. We get to impart the Truth of Eternal Life. happy are the feet that preach the Good News. God has included us in His Plans and Purposes in the greatest age ever. What is man that God has even taken notice of him, let alone allowing him to partake in His Eternal Plans? Makes my head go tilt.

    When you get in the Presence of God, you lose sight of self in the brightness of Him. To compare, worry, and jockey for a position in Heaven or on earth is prideful like Satan, self-focused and self-absorbed..not God-focused, Kingdom-focused.

    Do I think Hitler got into Heaven? No. Because when a person hardens his heart consistently like Hitler had to do to allow Satan himself to indwell him...God gives them over to their heart-hardened ways after awhile. He actually blinds them and makes them deaf.Isaiah 6:9 is only one scripture that talks about the top of my head.

    But more importantly for the child of God, Jesus constantly warned against a comparitive, covetous spirit. The disciples were constantly bickering over positions, and Jesus chided them sorely.So we should be weary of such a spirit.

    Did the father not say to the prodigal son's brother something like, "Son, all I have is yours and it's always been yours, but my son was dead and now he lives!" Besides all that the son had, he inherited from the father in the first place. Should we not celebrate in the same manner as our Father? Nothing we've recieved..we've recieved on our own merit anyway, have we? It was a free gift, and a right relationship with the Trinity is everything.

    Praise God that His grace smiles on me everyday, every second of the day, and taking earth for the Kingdom of God is an honor and a priviledge, not a burden or a chore. There is no joy like the joy of setting the captive free, opening the eyes of the blind, in Jesus Name. Sweet Jesus, thank you!!

    Thank you, Erica, for a wonderful forum to speak of the things of God. Love it!

    Happy Easter; He is Risen!

    Romans 6:4 "We were buried therefore with Him by the baptism of death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, so we too might live and behave in newness of life.. For if we become one with Him by sharing a death like his, we shall also be one with Him in sharing His resurrection. "

    Be Blessed, sister!