Scripture Reading: Psalms 37:23
We are in a journey of life; our destination is heaven. Here is a write-up by a Christian writer about a Pastor’s testimony that we need to meditate upon and take seriously, “He had a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital for heart surgery and while he was in the hospital he had a very vivid dream. In that dream, he found himself in a long queue at the gate of heaven and everyone was dressed in white garments. At the gate was Jesus dressed in a shiny sparkling white garment different from everyone and beside him the Pastor saw a woman who was playing a piano. Jesus would nod his head in approval whether a person was accepted or denied entry. If it was a yes, the pianist would play glorious melodies; and the celebration of glorious entry to heaven was overwhelming and the gate would open automatically. But if it was denied, the pianist would play damnation music and the demons would come to pull and drag the person away to hell. He said, out of the entire queue only 20 percent entered but 80 percent were denied entry. Many of them were Christians and there were even many pastors among them who were denied entry.
He said everyone was trembling as they were waiting at the queue. The Pastor turn came eventually. The pianist knew the Pastor and smiled at him in admiration of his illustrious ministerial works on earth but when Jesus looked at him, his look could tell that he was grossly disappointed with him. The Pastor was trembling and the fear had penetrated into his veins knowing he would not make it through that gate and when Jesus was about to make his decision, he woke up suddenly. God told him “Don’t blow up this time, this is your second chance.”
The Pastor had this personal experience to share with all the pastors and Christians, something that all Christians, especially those with years of long service to God, need to know. He said all through his ministry he had two ministerial duties, one was to serve the people with his gift that God had given him – preaching and performing miracles – and the other duty was his personal walk with God; his daily relationship with God…., his relationship with God deteriorated and became dormant and virtually empty. God became further and further away from his life….. He knew that he was no longer with God. He said because he was a great pretender, he pretended before the people as if he was with God and yet he was not and carried on with the miracles.
Remember, the gifts of God are without repentance, that is to say whether you are with God or not, the gifts will still work, but to enter the gate of heaven, it will be your relationship with God, your righteousness with God through Jesus Christ. The trait of pretense remained, not only with this Pastor but also Christians serving God for so long and pastors who take for granted the work of God and gradually pretense becomes part of their everyday life and this keeps them from following the teachings of God earnestly. He says since God has given him a second chance, his focus is no longer on the huge crowds nor what they think of him but on building his personal relationship with God once again so that he may enter the gate of heaven with the glorious melodies.” These world is full of distractions of many forms, shapes and sizes. Worst of it now is that most times these distractions come in the way that it traps us and we are not aware that we have been trapped. It is so serious that if we do not call on the Lord daily to guide, direct, inspire, motivate and sustain us, we will miss our heavenly steps.
MASS: GREEN Ex. 1:8-14.22; Ps. 124:1-3.4-6.7-8(R.8a); Accl. Matt. 5:10; Matt. 10:34; 11:1
Prayer Points
1. Lord help me not to assume that I will go to heaven but to inquire from you daily what I need to do to be in the right track. (This prayer point is not just for this moment; it is to be said “every day” of your life from now on)
Exercise: Why are many people entering hell fire? Have you pondered about it? Is your step ordered by the Lord, are you in the right track?
Meditation: Philippians 2:12