Revelation 21:4

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.”

When I first thought about God wiping away our tears at the end of the age, I thought of Him wiping away tears that have been born of our struggling and the strife that we endured while on earth, the trials and suffering that we went through.

Then the other day I was listening to Larry Randolph preaching on God’s conspiracy of kindness (haha) and he suggested that the reason we will be in tears when we come before God in Heaven is that we will see the life we could have lived and the things we could have achieved for His glory at our full potential at every moment. We will see what we could have been and could have done if we had had the courage and faith to step out and claim it.

I don’t want to settle for bread crumbs when I can have the whole loaf. Actually, the whole bakery. Nah, even more than that.  “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.”

Whhooooo…convicting.

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One response to “Revelation 21:4

  1. Enoch was translated to heaven because he “walked with God”. I always wondered what that meant, and recently I found out that it means he lived a faithful and obedient life with God. If every Christian obeyed God.. in every step of their lives — this world will be different. A LOT different. Perhaps everybody can be directly translated to heaven? (haha) Anyways, I heard a story of this one girl, who went to Seven Eleven one day at night to buy something. While she leaving the store after taking care of her business, she felt the Holy Spirit telling her “hey, stand on top of your head and sing happy birthday”. She was like “what the heck? yeah.. sure..” and she left the store. When she was almost near her car, she felt the Holy Spirit speak to her again “hey, go back there, stand on top of your head and sing happy birthday”. Then she said “okay.. I don’t really understand what this is about, but I’ll obey”. She went into the store, stood on top of her head and sang happy birthday. Then all of the sudden, the cashier lady started to burst out in tears. She was bawling and bawling. The girl asked her what was up and the lady said “this morning I woke up and was so lonely and frustrated.. I told God that if He doesn’t send someone to stand up on their head and sing happy birthday to me by midnight, I will kill myself”.

    So yeah, live by faith — not by sight.. Move each step in bold and risky obedience. A dangerous life with Jesus is the way we should really be living.. to overcome this world, anyway. (1 John 5:4)

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