Have you ever wondered what that one thing is that makes God and His entire heavenly contingent so excited to the point of throwing a party? Whoops! Have I mentioned the “P” word? You heard me.
I have known for some time now that heaven – contrary to numerous religious “Christian’s” thinking – is a jolly exciting place. What I didn’t know, however, is that a phenomenon that ignites a party atmosphere in heaven is when one depressed life here on earth is transformed.
Jesus – as everyone in heaven – is addicted to love – the art of transforming battered lives into exceptionally enriching lives. God our heavenly Father doesn’t rejoice in a depressed life, neither does He rejoice in prosperity. What excites God is the transformation from depression to prosperity. Thats why He smiles when a depressed soul finally surrenders to Him for transformation.
Here are some scriptures that shed more light…
…If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbours, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away! – Luke 15:4-7
“Or imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one”, He continued in verse 8-10, “Won’t she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? And when she finds it you can be sure she’ll call her friends and neighbours: ‘Celebrate with me! I found my lost coin!’’ Count on it – that’s the kind of party God’s angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God.”
Then in Verses 11-32 Jesus gave the story of a prodigal son. After wild spending and careless living, the prodigal son hit rock bottom, came to his senses and decided to return home. His father saw him from a distance. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. He called to the servants, ‘Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We’re about to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! My son is here-given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’ And they began to have a wonderful time.
Jesus gave the above illustrations to explain the fact that heaven generates joy when a derelict life is transformed. He did that in defence to His actions of hanging out with sinners and throwing big parties for the misfits. Clearly many – especially the religious leaders – expected Jesus to be more decent in His approach. But in John Chapter 4 Jesus continued to demonstrate further where His passion really lies.
His disciples had just came back from getting lunch and Jesus had just finished transforming the life of a troubled loose woman who at that time had ran back to the village, telling everyone how this amazing man called Jesus had just turned her life upside down. Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus to eat lunch. But Jesus replied (in essence): “I have had my best meal…. I have just witnessed one life being transformed!” He then said, “…wake up and look The fields are already ripe for harvest…” By ‘harvest’ Jesus meant lives that are ready to become transformed.
Now, there you have it; changing lives is Jesus’ food not just his passion.
If your life is being crushed know that you are Jesus’ investment opportunity. He is always looking for people like you. So take heart because you are on your way to a better life. God is waiting for you to surrender your broken heart to Him so that He can mend it. He loves transforming lives. In fact, it excites Him. If you feel lost God wants you to come back home before the party can begin….
(By; Noel DM, Strength for Living, page 29)