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Waiting 4 hours for a glimmer of eternity

In church yesterday, John Blair said, “When we were in Uganda, they took us into a room where 50 people had been waiting for us for four hours.”   Then the pastor turned to John’s team and said, “These people all have AIDS. We want you to prepare them for eternity.”   Timeout – w…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
In church yesterday, John Blair said, “When we were in Uganda, they took us into a room where 50 people had been waiting for us for four hours.”
 
Then the pastor turned to John’s team and said, “These people all have AIDS. We want you to prepare them for eternity.”
 
Timeout – what was that? Prepare them for eternity?! How does a person begin to do that?
 
What would you say? I asked John and he said, “I was talking to God about it – I told him, ‘I don’t see where the goodness of God shows up in this room.”
 
God spoke to him and said, “You’re here – I’m showing my goodness through you. Show them love and they will get a glimmer of the light of heaven.”
 
So, that’s what John and his team did. They talked with them, encouraged them, sang a song for them, and prayed with them. They loved them.
 
Who in your life is struggling who needs to catch just a glimmer of the light of heaven? Who do you know who needs to be prepared for eternity? What will you do to help them?
“I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times.” Romans 8:18

Comments (6)

  • Wow… so many times I forget this. This convicted me. I should always be on the alert to the different areas of God’s heart that are hurting.

  • In a message at church yesterday we heard an illustration of a little girl who asked her mother, “If God is bigger than us and He lives in us, shouldn’t He show through?”
    Smart kid.

  • I would like to recommend the video “Furious Love”… reminds me of this post…. showing God’s love… love love love…bottom line. 🙂

  • If Christ is our object in heaven and he is in us now, it makes sense that by showing others him we are showing them a glimpse of heaven. That is a good way to look at things.

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I'm motivated to join God in his global reclamation project. He's on the move, setting his sons and daughters free from their places of captivity. And he's partnering with those of us who have been freed to go and free others.



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