Reflecting Heaven

Wednesday, Oct. 21                                                     

“We are the community that shows the world what heaven will be like.”—Charles Colson.  Having introduced Charles Colson, here’s another choice quotation for you.  If he had said this to his co-workers before Watergate,  it would have been a joke.  His life at that time would be poles apart from this statement.  The Christian community should show the world what heaven will be like???  Since I haven’t been to heaven, there is a lot I don’t know about it.  Two things are certain that stand out to me.  We will be face to face with our Creator and Redeemer.  And we will have to be without sin in order to even be there.  I have never been without sin and I have not been face to face with God.  So Charles Colson is making a colossal statement, one that is a bit beyond my grasp.  So what is it about Christians that would reflect heaven?  We have the account of Peter and John before the Sanhedrin in Acts 4.  After spending a night in jail and being interrogated the next day, Peter boldly accused the Jewish leaders of murdering their Messiah and clearly proclaimed the gospel message.  The response (v. 4) is interesting.  “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”  This is powerful  1) They were ordinary men.  2) The Jewish leaders were astonished.  3) They took note that they had been with Jesus.  This should be the pattern for our lives today.  We are ordinary men who have been radically changed by being with Jesus.  Just as Peter spoke with authority and was willing to risk his life for Christ, so should we.  So what does this have to do with heaven?  Heaven will be made up of changed men and women.  Sin will be a thing of the past.  And we need to share the gospel so that people can end up in heaven.  Like Peter, we should speak with authority, people should know that we have been with Jesus. and we should astonish people.

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