Therefore; my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. II Peter 1:10-11 NIV
Chances are that if you arrive early to church, Danni will greet you. She has been busy opening the building for Sunday morning services. She accompanies her daddy unlocking the doors and then waiting patiently at the top of the stairs to welcome anyone arriving. Dogs are a wonderful welcoming committee with tails wagging and sloppy kisses.
II Peter 1 says that if we meditate on and practice God’s many promises, we will receive a rich welcome into our heavenly home. We will know him and look forward to seeing him face to face. He will greet us and praise us with a “Well done”.
The group Mercy Me sang the song, “I Can Only Imagine”. It explores how we might feel when we are welcomed into heaven and see Jesus. It asks us to imagine walking by Jesus’ side and the many things we will see. The song tells us we will be surrounded by his glory and wonders what our hearts will feel. It asks if we would dance or be still? Would we be tongue-tied or shouting his praises? I can only imagine.
Spend some time today imagining. Think about walking through the gates of heaven and the great crowd of witnesses surrounding us (Hebrews 12:1). The glory of the only begotten son (John 1:14) is supplying the light and there is no darkness (Revelation 21:23). Sin, evil and negativity have been banished. The crowds part and the son is revealed. Love is heavy in the air as he stretches out his nail scarred hands in a rich welcome. Welcome home!