Surprise Some People

According to Christian Apologist C. S. Lewis, there will be three surprises in heaven. “Who’s there, who’s not there, and that you’re there!”
Which makes me think of Jesus’ statement in Matthew 7:22: “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?”
I hear genuine surprise in these words. These were people who were busy doing religious activities ?- prophesying, preaching, and doing good works. They assumed that they would be accepted in heaven!
Sometimes assumption becomes presumption. These people looked like the real thing, busying themselves with “church” and programs. It looked like a duck, walked like a duck, quacked like a duck, but in the end it was not what it was quacked up to be!
Apparently they had not done those religious things according to “the will of my Father in heaven.” They assumed that God wouldn’t mind if they did it their own way. A caution is in order here. Let’s not assume that though those people Jesus spoke of were mistaken, that we are immune!
Study God’s word! Take its direction seriously! Allow humility to punch out the presumption! It’s OK to try to surprise some people, but the surprise probably will not lie with those who made it to heaven, but with those who assumed they would!

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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