Bruce Baber (31
"THE SUBSTITUTION OF HEAVEN"
In most wedding vows, these are the traditional words.
"I, (name), take you (name), to be my (wife/husband), to have and to
hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for
poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this
day forward until death do us part."
If heaven was not real, would we be so desperate for the return of Jesus?
If Jesus came and we had to stay in this wounded old world, would we be just as happy to see Him?
If we still had to toil and suffer, would we be just as excited about the approach of the Lord?
If bills still came due with no money in the bank, would we still rejoice at His return?
If we still got sick and our bodies wore out, would we be just as happy with our Betrothed?
If there were no rewards, would we really love Jesus as much?
am reminded of the prostitute who anointed the feet of Jesus with
costly perfume and wiped His feet with her hair. She really loved
Him. She had no thoughts about wearing a crown, or living in a
heavenly mansion. She might not have known anything other than
the fact that she dearly loved Him.
us? Do we actually love the idea of the rapture more than we love
Jesus? Do we think more about heaven than the Ruler of heaven and
earth? I accuse and point my finger...at me. Will I someday
see a woman, who formerly was a prostitute, standing in heaven and
receiving the highest rewards for her devotion while I receive merely
God please don't let my
compass point away from You! I know I have spent years and years
studying the signs and clinging to hopes of Your return for Your
bride. Please let my motivation be pure. Please let it be
honest. Let the reason for my longing only be Jesus! If
heaven has so crowded my heart that it has little room left for Jesus,
please forgive my misguided ways. I know you care more about
honest devotion than years of study. I know you care more about
one simple and humble act of love than ten thousand years of bible
study and church attendance.
Lord, I love you. I want heaven. But, heaven afterall ...is just a place.