“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Matthew 13 : 47 – 50
This parable evokes some very challenging imagery for us. Angels acting as sifters who separate the good from the bad Since we are brought up on a Disney view of the world that everyone should live happily ever after, this is really difficult for us. Yet it is a theme that Jesus returns to time and time again. We are eternal beings. We have a life beyond this one and our actions and beliefs in this world have an impact on the world to come. Quite scary is it not?
It reminds us of the question the rich young ruler asked Jesus. What must I do to inherit eternal life? He was told to sell his possessions and follow Jesus. Do you think it was harder for him to get rid of his wealth or to spend his life following Jesus? We don’t know. For each of us, the challenge is not to let anything come between us and Jesus.
Prayer: Heavenly God, you know my life better than anyone. You know my thoughts as well as my deeds. You know my hopes and my fears. I pray that nothing may come between us. If anything is a block, give me the wisdom to recognise that and the strength to deal with it.
Action: Examine what might be a block between you and Jesus connecting today.