[Column] What Is More Important than My Going to Heaven

In school, there are tests occasionally given in which the questions are given in advance. In this case, you can study with ease and per form very well on the test. It is said that upon our entrance into Heaven there are test questions given. At the entrance of the Kingdom of God, two questions are asked. One is “Did you come here by yourself?” and the other is “How could you come here by yourself?” While on earth, we must be prepared for these two questions.

In John10:16, Jesus Christ says, “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” Other sheep denotes the spiritual gentiles who need salvation. That must have gone for Koreans including you and me. Nevertheless the disciples did not understand when Jesus said, “I have other sheep” and “Gentiles and outsiders must be saved too.”

As can be seen in Luke 17:1-9, Peter saw the vision of Heaven in which Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus. Peter said, “it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.” In other words, Peter was so enraptured by the beauty of this sight that he wanted to live there forever with only three of them. It would have been good for Peter, but what about others?

Right before Christ ascended into Heaven, the disciples asked Him, “Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?”(Acts 1:6) In other words, they threw the rhetorical question, “Hasn’t this world come to an end?” They did not fully comprehend the Words of Christ in which He said, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24:14) They had not yet realized that there were those who did not hear the gospel of the Cross. Their main concern was their interest.

We must examine ourselves and see if we do not share the same mindset with then disciples. It is dangerous to neglect evangelization of others because “I’ve already been saved and evangelization is too much of a hassle.” If we thank God for our salvation yet do not evangelize, we become self-serving Christians who take salvation for granted. We must look upon unbelievers from a different perspective. They are not Hell-bound sinners but “other sheep,” which are not yet of our fold.

The most important priority in our lives is to believe in Christ and to enter the Kingdom of God. There, however, is something more important than my entrance into Heaven. That is evangelizing those around us to lead them to salvation. For this purpose, Christ came down on earth and was crucified: “And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth” (Mark 1:38). Let us bear in our hearts Jesus’ compassion for unbelievers and fulfill our call to evangelization.

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