More than Self-preparation

Steve Petroelje

READ : Jude 1:17-25

Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them. (vv. 22-23 NIV)

Thinking about heaven should lead us to do more than just focus on self-preparation. We must be ready;
“Prepare to meet your God,” says the Bible (Amos 4:12). But we must also allow God to work through us to help
others be ready too.

The Bible refers to the Lord as “gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love” (Psalm 145:8). Peter expressed it this way, “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2
Peter 3:11). Since God is compassionate and concerned about those who are lost, we must be also. Reflecting on the
glory of heaven does more than help us anticipate our future as followers of Jesus. It also motivates us to share the good news!

We are creatures of time, governed by clocks, calendars, and now electronic planners. Who can grasp the idea of eternity? Trying to imagine it is impossible. But think of that eternity as being either with the Lord in heaven or
apart from him in hell. Such reflection should compel us out of love to do all we can
to point people to saving faith in Jesus Christ.

Christians should never sit back, satisfied to wait
until we arrive in glory. We must
show, share, and proclaim Christ’s love to others. Will
God divinely put someone in your
path today who needs to be pointed toward the way?

PRAYER

Use me, O Lord, to reach others for Jesus. Amen.