“That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” (Jn. 17:21)
From The High Standards of God for End-Times Christians
The Bible does not tell us what heaven will be like. Words written in black letters on the white pages of a book could not adequately describe the marvels of heaven. But judging by the preview of this current physical earth that God created, and our own incredible motor skills, five senses, and intellectual curiosity, it is a safe, educated guess that heaven is likewise filled with a myriad of natural wonders, interesting and challenging activities, breath-taking places to visit, and fascinating people and heavenly creatures to meet.
God created us in His image. God created us with the capacity to be able to appreciate and enjoy an environment where friendship and love can exist for an eternity. Jesus Christ is the great Screenwriter of Life for all time and the Master Director of the ultimate movie-set. We would all like to spend each and every day of eternity being an integral, contributing, and valued member of His cast.
Lucifer isolated himself from God through his rebellion. Lucifer’s malicious and wicked intent is to draw man away from God into isolation as well. Sin tragically separates us from God and from each other. What is at stake in this contest as to who controls the thrones of our hearts, is the fundamental meaning and purpose behind the existence of life.
The bond of friendship and love is one of the most satisfying things in existence. When the angels in heaven announced the birth of Christ in Bethlehem, they said “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14). Jesus said: “I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). As Spirit-born Christians, we must enter into this living journey of faith that promotes a friendship with God and selfless camaraderie with other believers, that will surpass anything we might ask or think (Ephesians 3:20) in this life. And we must try, through the Holy Spirit inspired means of loving persuasion and the evidence of our own transformed lives, to bring in as many other people into this eternal joy and happiness as possible. This is a part of the divine motivation behind the high standards of God for end-times Christians.
There is an old saying: “If you aim for nothing, you are sure to hit it.” The contemporary Christian church in the developed countries needs to refocus on the simplicity and purity of Christ, the cross, and the power of the resurrected life. We need leaders who will point people toward Christ, and a genuine, biblical walk of faith, so that the church can achieve the high standards that God intends for individuals and the body of Christ as a whole. If as Christians we lower our spiritual vision to the horizontal level of worldly acceptance and expectations instead of the cross and the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14), we aim at nothing and are guaranteed to hit it.
With God’s leading, when we do finally discover the individual narrow way for us, establish our spiritual footing, and find our place of service in God’s grand plan, God will say to us: “I always loved you and meant the very best for you. Thank you for trusting me enough to help you. I enjoyed the time I spent with you and am looking forward to knowing you throughout eternity.”
We were created with the potential for a walk of faith with God. These are The High Standards of God in the End-Times for individual Christians and for His church as a whole. God is the only capable author and director of this process.