Monday, July 22, 2013

Heaven Rejoices!

Today's devotional was a perfect read.  There are so many wonderful things I remember about my Dad.  The one thing that I love most is that he LOVED people.  He knew God in a personal way.  It was more then a religion, thing, was a TRUE relationship with his Maker, a daily walk.  Was he perfect, no, but then again who is.  His heart pumped love, his heart pumped God and all that God is.  Out of all the times he would minister and reach out I can't think of a time that he didn't invite others to know the God that he knew.

"There is joy in the presence of the angels of God when one sinner changes his heart and life."
 Luke 15:10

Max Lucado stated it well..."Heaven is populated by those who let God change them.  Arguments will cease, for jealousy won't exist.  Suspicions won't surface, for there will be no secrets.  Every sin is gone.  Every insecurity is forgotten.  Every fear is past.  Pure wheat.  No weeds.  Pure gold.  No alloy.  Pure love.  No lust.  Pure hope.  No fear.  No wonder the angels rejoice when one sinner repents; they know another work of art will soon grace the gallery of God.  They know what heaven holds."

I know that Heaven rejoiced and welcomed my father with open arms the day he went home to be with the Lord.  He was a true servant of God.  He was a vessel who was ready and willing at all times to do the work of the Lord in everything he did and said. 

God blessed him with so many talents and abilities to reach people.  He believed in giving people the chance in becoming who God created them to be.  They might fail, but he was always there to encourage them to get back up and try again.  Some people are so quick to write off someone who has done wrong, but not him.  He was always willing to give a person a second chance, maybe even a third or fourth.  He never gave up on people.

God hasn't given up on us.  His love is never ending.  No matter what you face, no matter where you are on life's journey, no matter what choices you have made, God still loves you.  His arms are open wide ready and eagerly awaiting you.  Are you willing to be changed forever by the one who loves you more then anything?

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