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What Will Jesus Say to You?

2 Peter 1.8–9
For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.
Sit with me a moment, close your eyes, and imagine what heaven is like. It is more glorious than the best sunset over the ocean. It is more tranquil than a bubbling stream surrounded by majestic mountains. It’s a place where there is no more pain or tears or sorrow. A place void of evil. There is no more disappointment, sickness, slander, division, gossip, violence, natural disaster, abuse, or broken relationship. There is only joy and goodness and beauty and peace that flows like a river. It’s breathtaking, isn’t it?

Now imagine you get to the magnificent gates of heaven. You are welcomed in and then are escorted to a seat in front of Jesus Himself. Wow! He is even more radiant and gentle and beautiful than you could have ever dreamed. And then He begins to speak. “My grace is sufficient for you, My child, and you have been washed in My blood that has allowed you entrance into My Father’s house. But, oh beloved, there is so much more I wish we could have done together with your time on earth.”

Of course, these are my words, and I have never been to heaven, so there is no way for me to know what will actually be said as we enter eternity with our Lord. However, I do know that all believers will sit before Jesus and give an account for their time spent on this earth (Romans 14.10; 2 Corinthians 5.10). When we accept Jesus as Lord, our judgment over the sin in our life is finished, but we will meet face to face with Jesus to go over our life and how it was lived when we enter eternity. (Talk about the performance review of a lifetime!)

That may seem intimidating, but it will actually be really cool because the outcome of this review will be Christ rewarding His faithful saints for a life well lived. What a precious time to look back at how the Lord was able to use you for His purposes and see how your life contributed to the history of humanity and God’s glory being revealed. I don’t know about you, but I want that to be the absolute best conversation I will ever have. I want to sit there, looking Jesus in the eye, and be in awe as I get to see how every trial had purpose and how He honored my efforts and made much out of so little.

As I read through 2 Peter 1.8–9 and the qualities that are mentioned in the verses before (virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love), I long to hear Jesus map out an ever-expanding network of those virtues increasing throughout the course of my life. I don’t want to get to heaven and hear, “Well, you went blind and forgot that it was I that saved you from all your wretched ways. Because of that I was not able to use you. You were basically a useless bump on a log instead of being a powerful source of My love and light to the world around you.” No, I crave to hear so much more out of that chat. My deepest desire is for Jesus to say, “Wow, what an effective and fruitful team we were as you pursued Me and grew in knowledge of Me! Your life truly brought Me glory. Well done, good and faithful servant!”

Brothers and sisters, what do you long to hear Jesus say?  Will He talk about how you sucked the marrow out of every ounce of life you were gifted? Will He say you tapped out or that you grew into His image and allowed Him to be effective and fruitful through you? If you are reading this, you are still alive and God desires to use your life to show others His beauty and goodness. Don’t miss that chance, friends! Allow Him to continue the work that He started in you.

Shauna Morrissey
Children’s Ministry Director    
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