“Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and fornicators and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. Revelation 22:14-15 NRSV
I once heard someone say that he thought God would let anyone into heaven who could stand to live there.
I’ve listened as others have shared their perspective on heaven, or asked questions about it like: is it real? Is it a place? Is it a future home?
In the book of Revelation, what happens in heaven affects the happenings on earth.
There is a lot I do not know about heaven. In fact, there is a lot I do not know about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, demons, thekingdomofGod, etc. But this I notice: our actions matter. I read about it in God’s word, and I hear about it in the stories people share with me. These stories may speak of the harm done by others or even self, but there are other narratives too – stories of hope, encouragement, kindness, and grace.
As we turn to a new month, I don’t want to leave this month without paying homage to the stories of wisdom, grace, truth, humility, and love. God is love. And it is because God is love that we can love. Loving others, receiving love from others – may require new skills sets but our capacity to acquire them is in itself a tribute to a God who always runs toward us, seeking to save those he loves (and he loves us all without finding fault).
Confession is one part of a much larger story. May you share your suffering in all its many forms, so that the larger narrative emerges in all its beauty, hope and love. There is more to each of us, and the story – much, much more – than the things we have done wrong.
Recommended reading Proverbs 31
Question to ponder: What might change, if you choose to take this next right step?