This is part two of a two-part series
As I drove to work this morning I kinda felt/heard this.
I imagined that God was talking to someone who HAS NEVER HEARD about Jesus. Here is what happens:
Person gets to heaven. Person is astonished to be faced with Almighty God. Person is overcome with their own sin and sinfulness. Person notices that God is not sinful and He is perfect. Person begins to notice God’s immense loving character.
Person gradually realizes that this is the crunch time in his (or her) life. Everything that is past, is gone and now his whole future rests in this moment.
God speaks to person, introduces Himself and says…”Hi. I am God.I am about to decide if you can join me in heaven or not. Let Me explain how I will make this decision.
I am a loving God and the thing I value most highly is love. When I saw that one of my angels had used his free will to develop some greedy and evil characteristics, I threw him out of heaven. I won’t ever be letting him back in.
You see, I want to live in eternity with people who choose to love. I do not and will not live with beings who consciously choose to do ongoing evil towards others. I will put and end to those types of people.
When I sent My Son to earth, He made it clear (over and over again) that there are two major commands and if you keep those two, then you are in right standing with Me. The commands are: love Me and love others.
Now please understand, I don’t have an absolute standard to reach and I am not performance driven. What matters to me is what happened in your heart. I wrote this law of love on your heart at birth. You have always had a desire to love and another worldly desire to be greedy and to dominate.
So I look at if the person tried to love. You can never ever live up to My standards… but I want to see if you tried. If the person did try to love, then I invite them into heaven to live with me. I am very eager to live in Heaven with as many people as is possible! Hey, the more, the merrier!
Unfortunately some people saw My character of love and rejected Me while they lived on the earth. I am sad to say, they sealed their destiny. They are evil doers. I won’t ever let them into Heaven
Some people saw My character and chose to join Me and learn my ways. They are already redeemed. They are sealed. Marked for salvation. I have a special place for them in My very own home. I am so looking forward to spending eternity with them.
But you… you neither accepted or rejected Me, because you didn’t know me. You were not given a chance to love Me because no one came to and showed Me to you. So I won’t judge you on that command to love Me.
So that brings me to the other part of the command – that I wrote on your heart. Loving others.
Now I’m going to ask you one very important question… while you were on earth… while you had free will… how did you live your life? What was in your heart? Did you love the people around you?“
For those of us who are saved, this story illustrates the incredible value that God places on love. While the world trades in greed (love of money) it seems that God’s currency is love.
We are saved by faith, but afterwards, we must demonstrate our faith through love. We are saved by faith, but afterwards we must SHOW our faith.
For young Christians the initial command is clear: love one another. But as we are obedient to that initial command, we then get to hear via other people, we get rhema, we may have dreams and visions. Those who then are obedient to those newer commands then may go on to having REAL intimacy with God.
Each progressive change requires us to depend on Him more and more. At first it’s loving people in small ways, giving them the better seat at a dinner table, eventually it’s finding money in the mouths of fishes because we didn’t take anything with us as we followed His command.
If this post has stimulated you to consider joining yourself to Jesus and learning about Him in order to gain eternal life, then please consider reading these posts:
- How to get eternal life
- What I will say when I get to Heaven
- What happens to people who don’t hear about Jesus?