Vol. 7, No. 17 – May 1, 2022

After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.’ –Revelation 4:1

There are many things and actions we will be shown in Heaven. While we are certainly promised Heaven will be a great place, there are also tears that are wiped away. One of those occasions is certain to be witnessing the Judgment Seat of Christ. Every person will stand before Him (2 Corinthians 5:10). Can you imagine the verbiage?

I did not know. I slipped up. I could not find the answer. I was not sure. I did not understand. I thought I had more time. I did not hear about this. I did not listen. I thought I did not care. I was wrong, just made a mistake. I was not prepared for this. I needed more knowledge. I guess I came up short of your expectations.

There are more responses. Have you ever listened to the responses, really listened, to the responses of your child when they do not do what is expected? These kinds of excuses are prevalent in the lives of many people. Lost. They are lost; some know that others have ignored their accountability. Lost.

Why? Why would I neglect to come to the One who knew me by name before I was even in the secret place of my mother’s body? Neglect the message spoken in the church? Neglect my friend’s intentional witness of what Christ has done for me? Neglect truth. Waste my life on earth. Neglect discovering my purpose from the One who created me? Why would I drag myself through this cruddy world only to die with no life ahead? Why would I prefer despair to joy? Why?

Humans are really, desperate. They are scratching and clawing for something real. Let me introduce Him to you. If you are lost, you need to meet Him. He has gone to the length of preparing a way for you to have a change in your life. From being lost to being found. From being profoundly lonely to being fulfilled in life.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. –Jeremiah 29: 11-13

Lost and found.

Jesus is called a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. He dies on a cross for our sake. His sorrow and grief is not for Himself. He is not about Himself; He is about us. He is about His Father. He is about God the Holy Spirit. He spoke to tell us that we are to bring our burdens to Him.

We think our burdens are overpowering. They are not. Not if we have Him as our Savior.

Life Application

I have met a number of Christians who rail against; are focused on the sin (the missed marks) of the world. They are focused on a controlling government, a crooked oversight. Many are so focused on themselves in a corrupt world, they have no reference to this world historically, or what this world will go through in the seasons to come.

They forget they are not supposed to be of the world yet live in the world. There are many in our world who are lost. Desperate.

Are we going to see them at their judgment? Or are we going to tell them of Jesus who died for them and was raised to life? He is seated at the right hand of the Father. God the Holy Spirit is within every believer, and in the world, pricking the hearts of unbelievers. He crosses our paths with these folks, not just casually, but intentionally. It is never by accident.

How will you respond to these folks? They need Jesus. The vast majority of readers of this blog have a relationship with Christ. If you do, tell others what they need to hear. If you have not established that relationship with Christ, you can. Write to me so that I might help you. Perhaps I have been sent to give you aid.

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Written by Dr. Larry Lightner

May 1, 2022

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