My parents are coming into town for a visit in the next couple days. I’ve spent the last few days assessing our place with “other” eyes. Is the place arranged nicely? Should the chair face this way or that way? What will they think when they see it? Will they see we are happy here? Silly things in some regard; I’m an adult, married, with children, and here I am seeking my parents’ nod of approval.
It started me to think of other things, too. As believers we are in anticipation of Heaven. We look forward to Christ’s return to call us home, when we will see Him face-to-face. We “arrange” things in our mind, will Jesus approve of this? What about that? Even believing that with our good choices we may gain bonus points or even the “if I’m good enough” mentality that would somehow allow us into Heaven itself.
Scripture is clear, we are not righteous, no not one of us (Romans 3:10, 23 and 6:23) we have all fallen short of the glory of God. We are saved by grace alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). So does that mean we don’t have to do good? No, we are called to put action behind our beliefs (James 2:14-26).
We are to anticipate the coming of Christ, we don’t know when so we are to be ready (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Our hearts should desire to do His will for His glory while we wait. Then one day when we are called home to Heaven we will receive the ultimate nod of approval, when God says, “Well done good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:23).
For this I can hardly wait!!!