Sunday, August 21st, 2011
The Beloved Of God's Beloved
Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7 (NKJV)
My elder brother, John, who died in 2010, was a Buddhist. Yet I believe whole-heartedly that he is now in Heaven. His destiny was among those I pondered in the 'Other Religions' devotionals. John is my beloved brother. I am God's beloved daughter. Therefore, John is the beloved of God's beloved.
If God loves us beyond all imagining, if God makes our impossible dreams come true, if God takes all our cares upon Himself--then I believe God saves our beloved families. It would be an indescribable joy in Heaven to see all the people we most love in concert with Jesus. As Paul and Barnabas said to the jailor, 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household' (Acts 16:31).
God tells us to worry about nothing, but He knows we are concerned about unsaved family members. He says He'll handle everything. I believe Him. I don't think His handling of our wayward loved ones is to send them to a fiery pit in hell. Personally, I believe Jesus Christ comes to see them shortly before their death or upon it--that they gain an instant awareness of His mercy and majesty--and believe.
We all know our wandering loved ones' lives would be more fruitful and joyful if they believed in Jesus sooner rather than later. I nominate my own life as a case in point. So maybe I or they won't have a deluxe mansion in the sky. Nor heavenly riches, but we will be with The King--and I imagine even a small cottage in Heaven must be quite glorious!
Therefore, should we stop witnessing to the unsaved? No! We should witness our Lord to everyone--by love, joy, helping hands, and hopeful words.
Nevertheless, I believe my beloved is God's beloved. I believe in happy endings.