“Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever” (Dan. 12:3)
What we send ahead of us into heaven are our good works (the definition of which we discussed yesterday) and the believers we are privileged to be used of God to bring to the Son. We must take everyone we possibly can with us to heaven. We MUST! I ran into this wonderful except from C. S. Lewis about this very subject. It says it all for me:
“It may be possible for each to think too much of his own potential glory hereafter; it is hardly possible for him to think too often or too deeply about that of his neighbor. The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbor’s glory should be laid on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken. It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare.
“All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, marry, snub, and exploit- immortal horrors or everlasting splendours.” (from The Weight of Glory)
C. S. Lewis tells us the only thing that matters is that we all are restored to the wholeness God intended when He created us. Our only worthy goal is for us to participate in redemption, to be clay in the potter’s hand to bring it about for each person for He is not willing that any should perish. These are the believers’ real crowns.
Seeing more clearly these days,