A post from several years ago about always being welcomed in Christ.
47“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. 48When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad. 49So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 13:47-50
I am almost thirty and still single. Getting to this point in life has been an adventure to say the least. I have dated quite a few girls, possible too many. Every once in awhile, when I start to date someone new I will throw out stuff from exes. Pictures, movie ticket stubs, cards, emails, that sort of thing. Perhaps doing so is therapeutic and prudent. Maybe it is a sign of impatience and rash decision making though. Several months I go I took this to a new level; I actually burned one picture of each of several exes and threw the rest of the photos away. For some reason though I still had copies of most of the pictures saved on cds, most that is, really all except pictures of one particular girl. That cd was apparently thrown out with the photos. Why? I am not all that sure. Recently a friend at work asked what this ex looked like. I was a little surprised to find out she was the only one for which I had no copies of pictures left.
Reading this passage just now brought this to mind. Jesus tells of a coming day of judgment when the righteous will be separated from the bad and the bad will be thrown out, much like the photos of my exes. My day of judgment on the pictures perhaps came too soon. Our day of judgment before God will not. I might have thought I would never have a reason to need those photos again, maybe I was right and I still do not need them. Possibly though, I acted foolishly and threw away memories of people who once meant a lot to me too quickly.
It comforts me to read Jesus say that God is not this rash. He is going to wait until the end to dole out His judgment on the unrighteous. This feeling of comfort promptly turns to motivation for me. This blessing of time before the judgment inspires me to tell more of my friends about Him. It moves me to let them see Him lived out in my life; lived out in a way that causes them to desire Him.
I pray this blessing of time does the same for you. That it causes you to leave His footprints as you tell more and more of Him both by word and by deed.