Emptying Hell’s Hand-Basket

When I was a kid, I always looked forward to school starting because that’s when we got new clothes, a new book satchel, new crayons and good ol’ #2 pencils. If you were lucky, you got different colored erasers to put on your pencils. I could hardly wait to go ‘school shopping’, it was the highlight of my year!

Oh, for those of you who don’t know what a book satchel is, it was a bag, that was kinda like a briefcase with cartoons on it. We didn’t carry back packs in the mid seventies. ‘They’ didn’t worry about us hurting our backs, because we didn’t have hours of homework every night, but that’s a whole other blog!

Has anyone else noticed that the older you get, the faster time seems to fly? And the things we used to look forward to, such as school starting, are filled with dread rather than excitement, because now, we’re the ones having to buy all the things instead of getting them!

However, there is one thing that I used to be terrified of as a kid, and am now excited about, and that’s Jesus’ return! What an awesome day that will be for those of us who know and love The Lord. The older I get, the more I think about Heaven and how great it will be! No more sorrow, no more sickness or pain! Wow! How cool will that be? I also hope that we can eat pizza and chips and biscuits and gravy without getting fat? Ah, now that would be heavenly for sure!

I personally think all Christians should be looking forward to Heaven, however, it drives me totally insane when I hear people constantly saying things like “Oh Jesus! Hurry up and come! This world is so bad! It’s going to hell in a hand-basket! Just come on and get us!” If you ask me, that’s kind of selfish. Actually, it’s not kind of selfish, it’s straight up selfish!

As much as I’m looking forward to living in Heaven, there’s a lost and hurting world out there who needs Jesus! And instead of saying “Jesus, come on and get us!” maybe we should be asking for God to have mercy on this world and, and be thanking Him that He is so patient. Maybe, if we’re so concerned about how bad this world is, instead of selfishly wanting Him to return, we should be frantically trying to spread The Word, knowing that our time could be running out. Maybe we should be more concerned about what we can do that’s good, instead of everything going on that’s bad. Maybe we should be being the hands and feet of Jesus, instead of idly watching that dang hand-basket, full of lost souls, go straight to hell!

Like I said, there’s nothing wrong with looking forward to Heaven, I know I can’t wait to be there! However, for the sake of many who are lost, I hope He waits. Let’s all be a little more willing to stick around as long as it takes to help people understand that Jesus loves them, and that He has a plan for their lives. Let’s pull as many as we can out of that God forsaken hand-basket, that’s apparently going to bust hell wide open! Let’s put our big girl, and big boy panties on, pull up our bootstraps, stop being selfish, and hit the trenches!

Scoffers use the delay in His second coming to question if He is going to return at all. Peter responds by saying that God’s perspective on time is not like ours. What seems long from a finite, human perspective is incredibly short from an eternal one. Peter also describes how God is not slow, but patient. God wants to allow the time needed for as many sinners as possible to turn from their sinful ways. Unlike some depictions of God as vindictive and enjoying inflicting punishment on people, the God we see here desires that all be saved and not destroyed. If we had true spiritual insight, we would not be amazed by the severity of eternal judgment but by the intensity of God’s mercy. Now the Lord is not slow about enacting His promise—slow is how some people want to characterize it—no, He is not slow but patient and merciful to you, not wanting anyone to be destroyed, but wanting everyone to turn away from following his own path and to turn toward God’s. 2 Peter 3:9 VOICE

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