Monday 6th December 2021
Will We Be Seeing Our Loved Ones In Heaven?
Pastor Soong Kok Kee

2 Timothy 1:5 ​​“I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.”

When a team of Christians visited Stavropol, Russia, in 1994 to hand out Bibles, a local citizen said he recalled seeing Bibles in an old warehouse. They had been confiscated in the 1930s when Stalin was sending believers to the gulags. Amazingly, the Bibles were still there.

Among those who showed up to load them onto trucks was a young agnostic student just wanting to earn a day’s wage. But soon he slipped away from the job to steal a Bible. A team member went looking for him and found him sitting in a corner weeping. Out of the hundreds of Bibles, he had picked up one that bore the handwritten signature of his own grandmother. Persecuted for her faith, she had no doubt prayed often for her family and her city. God used that grandmother’s Bible to convict that young man.

God has no grandchildren. We must each become first-generation believers through personal faith in Jesus. But the devotion to God of a grandparent or parent is a powerful ally of His Spirit to bring our children to Christ.

Paul encouraged Timothy by recalling the faith of his grandmother and mother. Although Timothy’s faith was his own, it was deeply linked to theirs. What a great reminder for us who are parents and grandparents to be faithful in sharing our faith to our loved ones so that we will all see them up in heaven one day! Someone wrote:

​We can help our precious children
​​Follow in God’s way,
​Living out our faith with gladness,
​​Praying every day.

Once a young Christian in my church at the Wake Service of his non-Christian father asked how could he be happy in heaven knowing his father won’t be there. Indeed, how could this young man be happy in heaven knowing full well his beloved dad would not be there? Till now, I couldn’t find a good answer to that question. Chinese New Year Eve dinner is a once-a-year occasion we all expect our family members from far and wide to come back to celebrate with us. How much more we all look forward to see ALL our family members and loved ones in heaven celebrating for eternity!

Proverbs 22:6 says “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” What have we Christian parents and grandparents been teaching our children or grandchildren? Timothy’s grandma and mother have indeed left a rich legacy for him to become what he was and thus greatly used by God. They have now of course met up in heaven and will spend their eternity recalling all those precious moments they had on earth. What a great joy that would be!

Looking through the prayer requests for salvation of many of our church members for their loved ones during the pandemic brings out this desire to meet up with them in heaven when we all get there. I think nothing on earth or in heaven will bring us greater joy than seeing them up there with us.

My wife and I have always reminded our children that no matter what happens in their life, they must never leave God, and should serve God with whatever God has blessed them with. As parents we all want our children to study hard and earn a good living and that’s right and proper, nothing wrong with that. But what good is it if they become the most brilliant or richest guy on earth if we don’t get to spend eternity with them in heaven? Will we be truly happy up there?

So, my dear brothers and sisters, if some of your loved ones, may they be children, grandchildren, spouse, parents, brothers, sisters, family members, relatives and good friends, have yet to come to know our Lord, this Christmas will be a good opportunity for us to share with them what Christmas is all about. May we all meet up with our loved ones one day in the presence of our Lord.

PRAYER: ​Dear Lord, we thank you for saving us and giving us forgiveness of sins and eternal life. For that we are truly grateful, but now Lord, we want to pray for all our loved ones who are yet to come to know you as their Lord and Saviour. One of our greatest joys and desires is to see all of them in heaven with us one day. We commit each of them in your loving hands. In your precious Name we pray. AMEN

班底浸信教会
每日灵粮
星期一,2021年12 月6日
标题: 我们会在天堂见到我们所爱的人吗?
作者:宋国基牧师
翻译:陈劲年姐妹

【提摩太后书1:5】 ​​“想到你心里无伪之信,这信是先在你外祖母罗以和你母亲友尼基心里的,我深信也在你的心里。”

1994 年,一队基督徒前往俄罗斯斯塔夫罗波尔 (Stavropol) 分发圣经时,一位当地居民说,他记得在一个旧仓库里看到过圣经。它们在20世纪30年代斯大林 (Stalin) 将信徒送往古拉格集中营时被没收。令人惊奇的是,圣经还在那里。

将它们加载到卡车上的人中,有一个年轻的不可知论学生,他只想赚一天的工资。但很快地他丢下了工作,偷了一本圣经。一名队员去找他,发现他坐在角落里哭泣。在数百本圣经中,他挑选了一本,上面有他祖母的亲笔签名。由于信仰而受到迫害,她无疑经常为她的家人和城市祈祷。上帝用那位祖母的圣经使那个年轻人知罪。

上帝没有孙子。我们每个人都必须通过个人对耶稣的信心成为第一代信徒。但是,祖父母或父母对上帝的虔诚是圣灵的强大盟友,可以将我们的孩子带到基督面前。

保罗通过忆起提摩太的祖母和母亲的信心来鼓励提摩太。提摩太虽有他自己的信心,但与她们的信心有紧密的联系。对于身为父母和祖父母的我们来说,这是多么大的提醒啊,要忠实地将我们的信仰分享给我们所爱的人,这样我们总有一天会在天堂见到他们!有人写道:

我们可以帮助我们宝贵的孩子,
按照上帝的方式,
欢欢喜喜地活出我们的信仰,
每天祈祷。

有一次,我教会的一位年轻基督徒在为他非基督徒的父亲守灵时问,既知道他的父亲不在天堂,他在天堂如何能快乐呢? 的确,明知自己深爱的父亲不在天堂,他在天堂怎么会开心呢?直到现在,我仍找不到这个问题的好答案。农历除夕晚宴是一年一度的盛会,我们都期待来自四面八方的家人回来与我们一起庆祝。我们更期待看到我们所有的家人和所爱的人在天堂庆祝永恒!

箴言 22:6 “教养孩童,使他走当行的道,就是到老他也不偏离。” 我们基督徒父母和祖父母一直在教导我们的子孙后代什么?提摩太的祖母和母亲确实为他留下了丰富的遗产,让他成为被上帝极大地使用的人。他们现在当然已经在天堂相会了,并将在永恒中回忆他们在世上的所有珍贵时刻。那将是多么大的喜乐啊!

我们许多教会成员在大流行期间请求为他们所爱的人的得救祈祷,激发了我们要在天堂与他们见面的愿望。我认为在地上或在天堂里,没有什么比看到他们和我们在一起更能给我们带来更大的快乐了。

我和妻子一直提醒我们的孩子,无论生活中发生什么,他们都不能离开上帝,应该用上帝赐予他们的一切来事奉上帝。作为父母,我们都希望我们的孩子努力学习,过上好日子,这是正确的,没有错。但是,如果我们不能在天堂与他们共度永恒,他们成为世上最聪明或最富有的人又有什么好处呢?我们在天堂会真正快乐吗?

所以,我亲爱的弟兄姐妹们,如果您所爱的人,可能是孩子、孙子、配偶、父母、兄弟、姐妹、家人、亲戚和好朋友,还没有认识我们的主,这个圣诞节将会是我们与他们分享圣诞节的真谛的好机会。愿我们有一天在我们的主面前与我们所爱的人相见。

祷告:
亲爱的主,我们感谢祢拯救了我们,让我们罪得赦免并赐予我们永生。为此,我们真的很感激;但现在主啊,我们要为所有尚未认识您作为他们的主和救主的亲人祈祷。我们最大的喜乐和愿望之一就是有一天我们能在天堂看到他们所有人。我们将他们每一个都交到祢慈爱的手中。我们奉祢宝贵的名祈祷。阿们。