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Devotional - week of November 25, 2001


PARTICIPATING IN THE JOY OF HEAVEN

I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.  … Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.  Luke 15:7, 10

There is great rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents—and we can participate in the rejoicing while still living on earth.

Paul teaches that we have been seated with Christ in the heavenlies to experience life in the presence of God. In agreement with this, the author of Hebrews says that we have already come to the heavenly Jerusalem to experience the presence of God. He writes:

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect … Hebrews 12:22-23

The Book of Hebrews also invites us to enter the heavenly Holy of Holies to experience life with God in chapter ten. 

When we experience the reality of what God has already done for us, we will join in the rejoicing over the multitudes that are coming to Christ all over the earth.

But there is another way we can participate in the joy of heaven.

Under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, we can be used of God to bring the unsaved to Christ. There are many ways we can participate.

We can financially and prayerfully support those who are on foreign fields telling the lost about Jesus.

We can live so that others will see Jesus in us and want what we have. We can distribute tracts. We can use our voices to tell others about Jesus.

And every time God uses us in some way to bring a person to salvation in Jesus, heaven breaks out in rejoicing¾and so can we.