78. Heaven rejoices over all sinners

This morning I went for a walk in the Estate where we live. We have lovely parks with some of the natural vegetation left by the developers. Now this morning I saw amongst the thorn trees a small deer. It was the most lovely thing in the early morning sun. I was so excited and couldn't wait to tell my two boys about it. But then I stopped to think about it. Why was I so excited? I mean I have seen probably thousands of deer in my life. I can simply go to a zoo and see a lot of them. Why am I so excited then? Then I realized it is because he is free. He is free to roam as he wishes and to go where he pleases unlike the animals in the zoo that are bound to one area, whether they want to or not. I was privileged to see him this morning, but when I see them in the zoo I don't even glance at them, because it doesn't feel special. They don't have a choice.

The same is true for us. The Lord didn't make us robots that have to follow His Will with no choice in the matter. We are not caged in with no choice but to stay there. No, God gave us freedom. He gave us the freedom of choice. And that is why there is so much excitement in heaven when one of us decides to give our lives to Him, to turn to Him out of free will. And the main excitement comes from He, He truly loves us all dearly.

Jesus also taught several parables and a lot of them are about something being lost. Like the sheep that was lost, the son that was lost, the coin that was lost etc etc. And He spoke about the rejoicing in Heaven when what was lost is found again.

I remember a day when I went shopping and my two boys were still small. They were all around me whilst I shopped, playing around. Now as it happens I was busy looking at something and when I looked up they were gone. I immediately started searching, my heart pounding and my mind racing as to where they could be. To cut a long story short, I found them hiding from me between the clothes and I was so relieved to see them (they did get a hiding though and some stern words, but I was immensely relieved). That night I gave them each a special hug, which I wouldn't have done if they weren't 'lost'. There is much rejoicing when lost things and especially lost people are found.

Heaven rejoices over those that make the choice not to be lost anymore, but to be part of His Kingdom. It is like seeing a cheetah in the wild walking over the road right in front of your car with small cubs, except the rejoicing is a 10 000 000 times more intense. And as much as Heaven is rejoicing about you, they are rejoicing about each person you bring in as well. Remember that next time you share the Good News with someone. Remember that too if you don't feel like sharing the Good News. God loves that person with an infinite love. He desperately wants that person to come to Him as well. And He gave that responsibility of telling them in your hands. Are you up to the task? The harvest is waiting and the workers are few. Stand up in who you are and lead the lost to Him. He is a loving Father and an amazing God.

Lord thank you for giving us a free will. We freely choose to follow You. We love You and we long to be with You one day. Please give us the courage and the opportunities to lead others to You as well. Amen

 

3 comments for “78. Heaven rejoices over all sinners”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 9:32:25 AM

    Once I had a friend whose wife was dying and I knew that they were not believers. I decided to go and speak to them.It took a lot of courage and a group of people praying for me while I was there, but I just HAD to go. When I prayed with them she started crying with unearthly sounds. A week later she was gone. She couldn't speak any more, but I prayed that her spirit accepted the Word. We have to be obedient to the prompts of the Holy Spirit.

  2. Gravatar of AnneAnne
    Posted Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 1:12:26 PM

    Thank you Ilze! We just returned from a trip to the Kgalagadi and I was wondering the same thing; why we are so excited at seeing animals in the wild? So I will remember your parable for sure.

  3. Gravatar of BarbaraBarbara
    Posted Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 11:36:33 AM

    Thank you like.
    Indeed God has given us a mandate to win people for Jesus Christ. He told us to go into the world ie our sphere of contact to win people and turn them from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. WE ARE MEGA SOUL WINNERS!!

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