If you were to truly grasp the beauty and hope of John’s vision of heaven described in Revelation 21 and 22, what would change about the way you live your life?
Here are four ways the promise of heaven should transform our lives today.
It’s happened to me several times – it’s probably happened to you as well. I have found myself having to apologize to my children because I have reacted too quickly, judged too harshly, evaluated too completely – in short, I have spoken rather than listened to my children. I have come upon a situation, made a quick judgment of what was happening, and then immediately set myself on the task of dispensing a fatherly lecture, only to find out that I was misunderstanding or misinterpreting the situation entirely.
I have assumed and spoken, rather than asked and listened. And assumption is the enemy of listening. And pride is the friend of assumption.
It is impossible to be ambivalent about Jesus. He said so Himself (Matt. 12:30). It should come as no surprise, then, to see that as Jesus traveled around preaching, teaching, and doing ministry, He had an immensely polarizing effect on those He encountered. Some responded in loving awe and others in seething hatred. And this would not have been true if Jesus had simply been what many modern thinkers assume He was—a good moral teacher. No, Jesus is not quite so safe as all that. Jesus Christ is a spiritual disruption of the space-time continuum.
For seven months now, I’ve been serving as the Bible and Reference Publisher for Broadman & Holman and overseeing the launch of the Christian Standard Bible.
The challenge of this new role has been the need to learn multiple disciplines at once, while also receiving a crash course in the basics of publishing God’s Word. From the logistical and mechanical side of Bible production, to the theological implications of translation choices, to the marketing of a translation—these have been at the forefront of my mind during these months of learning how to manage this business and ministry.
Recently, someone asked me about the biggest surprises I’ve encountered in this role. Four surprises came to mind at once.
For one side, this meant Mike Pence was without question and simultaneously a weirdo, a misogynist, a pervert, and an advocate for a Christian form of sharia law. He was holding back women from advancing and treating them as if they were only a sexual object.
He did all this by saying 15 years ago that he had a guideline for only having dinner with his wife.
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A favorite from the archives:
Over and over again, we see public sin being confronted publicly.
In these cases they weren’t handling things in the same fashion as you would personal sin. There were no mediators, no private approaches that we’re aware of—it’s just a loud, clear “repent!”
But something that’s important to note here, too:
The whole point of dealing with public sin publicly is reconciliation.