5 Minutes in Heaven
Article by Bobby Narcy
“Five minutes inside eternity…I believe everyone of us will have wished that we’d have sacrificed more, prayed more, loved more, sweated more, grieved more, wept more!”
- Leonard Ravenhill
Can you imagine entering into the glorious throne and seeing the seraphim, cherubim, angels, the elders and an innumerable host worshipping The Almighty in all his holy awesomeness…and to think He has a plan that involves me. Wow, how I bear witness to the Ravenhill’s conviction in me. How many times has Holy God wanted to glorify His Son and Himself using my life to this date. But, I was to consumed with my selfish ambitions and flesh. My devotion to “other things” is the underlying reason. Oh to know the times, oh so many times I did my own thing, and yet those same character traits are still present in my life. Do I not sacrifice, love, sweat, grieve, weep and yes even pray to get my will done? Is it not because my devotion lies elsewhere than for the King of kings and Lord of lords? Oh, that I will wish less then, and cry out and ask more now.
I was reminded of Revelation 21:4 (The whole vision of this chapter is incredibly awesome and mind boggling to imagine), “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away...”
I believe that the majority of my tears on that day will be due to my lack of surrender to what God wanted to do in all circumstances in my life. The chapter that precedes the one cited above is very sobering. A great white throne judgement where men will be judged according to their works! Whoever’s name is not found in the book of life will be cast into the lake of fire! They will be tortured forever with the devil the beast and the false prophet! Is my purpose now to allow God to use me to compel the lost to come and be reconciled? Will I not ask now to sacrifice, love, sweat, grieve, weep and pray more? I must say I am relieved for the ultimate outcome of our common salvation and that my tears will be wiped away. However, do I dare try to escape His revelation here—to not yield to the sanctifying work He died and rose to do in me? For the glory of the Father and His great name sake!
Galatians 2:20 comes alive to me here, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
I praise God we have today to surrender, sacrifice, pray, love, sweat, grieve and weep more! To abide with our Lord and to seek to do His will.
Lord, please forgive me for being so self-willed and self-seeking and not heavenly minded. I do repent and I want to present myself to You a living sacrifice. Father not my will, but your will be done. Revive me for Your name sake and not mine. Live Your life in me my King!
One in Him!