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Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Morning Devo--The Kingdom of Heaven is Like.... Part 6


“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:47-50, NKJV)

This one is an allegory about what's going to happen at the end of time. There are several other places that talk about the end, too. Matthew 25:33, John 6:40 and 12:26, among many others, don't give much hope that there is more than one Way to heaven or that everyone will go there.

One Way, One Lord. That's that. On That Day, God decides who gets to go, and who does not. Who gets to go? Those who believe on His Son. The rest will be, to put it crudely, trashed. I'm glad I'm not God. There's no way I would feel qualified to say this one goes in, and that one does not.

What does that mean, believing? Something our pastor said in the sermon yesterday: Who do you say He is? Jesus asked this of his disciples, and one--Simon Peter--named Him. "You are the Christ, the Son of the Most High God."

That's who He is to me. The only begotten Son of the One and Only God of the Universe, born of a Virgin, suffered and died on the cross, but most of all--conquered death to rise again. He's the One Who left His seat on heaven's throne to go through all the messiness of life. The One Who decided we were worth the effort. The One Who loves us in spite of everything we mess up on--and I don't know about you, but I led the merriest chase of all for Him.

He never gave up on me (nor will He give up on You), and therefore we have the chance to join with Him on That Day. To stand on His right side. Wow. I can't think of a greater privilege.

He won't push us into standing with Him, but He wants us there with Him. When He knocks on the door to your heart, will you invite Him in?

Even so, Lord Jesus--come.