When You Get to Heaven, Will There be a Celebration?
"Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." (2 Peter 1:10-11, NKJV)
I heard that Billy Hornsby went home to be with the Lord this week after a long battle with cancer. I didn’t know Billy personally, but I know that Billy loved Jesus and lived his life in such a way that honored God. There was an “entrance supplied to him abundantly into the everlasting kingdom…” As I ponder our loss, I can’t help but rejoice in Billy’s gain. Billy invested his life in making a difference here on earth, as a representative of the Heaven he loved.
Many times at our church, my wife Beth has shared the dot-line illustration, that we can live our life for either the line (eternity) or for the dot (our temporary lives). Billy Hornsby was a line-liver. He invested over 30 years in the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ—the last 11 of those years as one of the principle figures in the creation of an organization called ARC, the Association of Related Churches.
Over the last ten years, this group has been responsible for planting over 200 churches in 36 states, and this effort to plant life-giving churches will continue for decades to come.
Today, I’ve been pondering what happened the night Billy arrived in Heaven. What was his entrance like? It must have been a sight to see! Have you ever wondered what it’s going to be like when you get there? I would imagine that a lot of people will arrive without much fanfare. But my heart delights in the thought of the celebration that occurred when Billy showed up. It must have been exciting for Heaven to receive one of its favorite sons. One who’d worked so tirelessly for the King and His kingdom for so many years. I can hear the angels saying, “Hey, did you hear the news? Billy’s home!” No need for a last name, because when you spend your life working for Jesus like Billy did, everybody there is going to know who you are.
I thank God for Billy Hornsby—his devotion to Jesus and His church have been an inspiration to so many.
So, what’s Heaven going to be like on the day you arrive? Will Heaven make a big fuss over you when you get there, or will it just be business as usual? I don’t know about you, but I want to live here in such a way, that when I get there, I’m noticed. Let’s be line-liver’s, and invest our lives in eternity—we’re going to be there a lot longer than we’re going to be here. Earthly fame is so temporary, but heavenly fame will last forever.
Say It: “Father, I want to live my life here on earth so that I’m noticed in Heaven. I surrender my life to You and ask You to guide and direct my steps in such a way that I can be a positive influence for Heaven here on earth. I look forward to the day when I get to come home to Heaven, so between now and then I choose to serve You. In Jesus’ Name, amen!”
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