I’m Going Home!
Remember in childhood when we would be playing a game, and someone wanted to join in with us…and we wouldn’t let them? Say it was a basketball game. What would their reaction have been? Perhaps, “I’m taking my ball, and I’m going home then!” Well, we wouldn’t have cared. We knew we could just get our own “basketball.” We knew we didn’t need them, to play our game! But what if it’s not a simple game of basketball, but it’s the game of Eternal Life? What if God wants to join in and we won’t let Him. What are we left with?
This writing comes from a recent conversation with friends about just such an analogy after hearing Bill Weise, author of, “23 Minutes in Hell,” speak. After writing about Heaven and Hell a few weeks back, we actually then had the opportunity of hearing Bill speak in person about his experience in Hell. He was visiting a small church near us, so we decided to go! I want to share with you what our friend, Jack, had to say in our discussions after church.
Jack is a very intelligent, successful, and handsome man, I might add! He lives a good life, with his good wife, who is also my good friend! As we listened to Bill speak, Jack was taking it in, and this is what Jack shared with us. He said he had never really thought about what life would be like with God completely removed from the picture. Jack’s thinking had been that if a person doesn’t spend a lot of time with God, then would God really be missed if eternity was not spent with Him? It didn’t seem to be that big of a deal. Perhaps we could function just fine on our own. But, after hearing Bill describe all that Hell didn’t contain because God was not there, Jack got a new perspective on what living with or without God would look like. Here’s pretty much what Jack said:
If our eternal life is a game of basketball, and God is not invited to be a part of it, then God not only goes away and takes his ball with Him, but everything else goes with God too…the court, the basket, the friends, the fun, the light, the water, the strength to play, the very air we breathe. And the list goes on. There is no game!
I have thought a lot about this conversation in the weeks since. I have thought about how much is provided for us during our days here on earth, as God’s creations. Our Father watches over us, cares for us, nurtures us, and loves us…much like a good parent would. As of now, both those that believe in Him as Lord of their life, and those that don’t, are benefiting from God’s wonderful presence. In eternity, only those who call Him Lord will live with Him. We all want to be there together, on the same Heavenly team!!
When Searching And Noticing the Divine today, let’s give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! He brings so much more to this “game of life” than we give Him credit for!
Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the
Son of God does not have life. 1 John 5:12