All my life, I’ve turned up the volume. I know where that volume button is on my remote, on my computer, and in my vehicle. For me to hear, the volume goes way up, and I’m not shy about it. I want to hear that music, so let’s crank it up!
Did you know that Jesus likes to crank the volume up? In Luke 15, Jesus reveals a secret few have thought of. He reveals this through the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son. We know the stories, but don’t miss the secret Jesus is pointing out! It’s the secret of increasing joy in a place where there is no lack of joy - heaven. Did you know there’s a way to turn up the volume of gladness in heaven, where the angels are and where Christ is enthroned?
According to Jesus, when one sinner repents the joy levels are off the charts in heaven - the angels are rejoicing, and the Lord Himself rejoices because the sinner has turned to Jesus. “…there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10
The point Jesus makes in Luke 15 is obvious. When we help sinners to meet Jesus, heaven rejoices. It’s an undeniable truth that Jesus so clearly communicates, and it reminds me of what He says is important.
It’s important that we value people more than sheep or a coin.
It’s important to Jesus that we reach out to people needing repentance.
It’s important that we rejoice and celebrate when people repent.
Reach out and value people. Invite someone to worship with you. When they turn to Christ, rejoice like angels in heaven! Let’s crank up the volume of heaven’s joy.
Thoughts from John Meador and insights from God's Word.