“Jesus knew him. We can always hope.”
As I spoke to a person who is very important to me this evening, that is what they told me. We were talking about losing people from this life and the lack of hope there is if you aren’t sure whether or not they took hold of Jesus’ presence in their life.
Disheartening, right? (well, so I thought…)
YES! It could be sad, but what good are you if you think the worst in an already horrible situation? Man does not know another man’s heart and soul, though many a time we think we do. Sure, you can judge a believer by their spiritual fruits; but you have a plank in your eye, (as I do mine) so our view of most people’s fruits are completely faulty.
If you are a proponent for the once saved, always saved doctrine, then you trust Jesus’ sovereignty [Jesus’ omniscience/omnipotence (all-knowingness/all-powerfulness)]. And if you trust Jesus’ sovereignty, then you have at some point realized your own lack of judgement. If a young man finds Jesus and follows him, but a few years later goes on a 10 year struggle with alcoholism and idolizes that god, but then later thinks “What the hell have I done…” and turns away from the evil that is addiction; was he NOT saved for that 10 year span? I don’t really see why he wouldn’t be?
As long as we are here on this earth, our natural tendency (as sinners) is to full on sprint away from the Creator God, also known as Dad. We are so incredibly A.D.D that when we see something shiny and new and instantaneously amusing, we would much rather have that than the sometimes seemingly distant love of our Dad. So, we run. And we run fast and we run hard in the complete opposite direction than what was initially meant. If running to Dad was natural and easy, there probably wouldn’t be a very popular worship song about it.
Why do we get to run to Dad?
Because Jesus gave us HOPE.
Not the kind of hope people like to think about when they read Jeremiah 29:11. If they truly understood that verse, they would know it doesn’t mean on this earth. True hope and true joy are found in the presence of the King of kings and Creator YHWH. Jesus made it possible for us to experience the presence of the King of kings and Creator YHWH and made it possible for us to be sons adopted before time itself. Jesus not only gave us hope. Jesus IS hope.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
So, to tie this all back in where it started:
The way I judge another man’s heart is horrific. The way Jesus judges a man’s heart is with full clarity. So, why not hope for the best? Why not hope that I am wrong? It all boils down to pride. And I can’t wait for the day when I get to be away from my pride on Eternity’s shore. But for now, Jesus Christ, my hope and glory, will be my joy through the pain and suffering experienced daily on this Earth.
Brothers and sisters, have hope; have Jesus.