Monday, May 16, 2011

Convo with Pastor - Revelation 21:21


And the twelve gates are twelve pearls,
each of the gates is a single pearl,
and the street of the city is pure gold,
transparent as glass.
Revelation 21:21
 
The closing chapters of 1 Chronicles are a list of duties and responsibilities assigned to the people of GodOne of them was the assigning of the gatekeepers to certain families.
 
This was an important duty. Gates were military outposts. If one little gate was breeched -- by battle or by stealth -- a great city could fall.
 
In John's majestic glimpses of the New Jerusalem, John sees twelve gates to the city. These are literally the pearly gates -- each gate a single pearl.
 
But God has a remarkable plan for this new city and these new gates. We are told that "25 its gates will never be closed at the end of the day." Why? "25 Because there will be no night there." Why? Because "the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb [Jesus] is its light."
 
What gates do you close and guard because of worry and fear?  Well, imagine a day when there is no night, no worry, no fight, no fright because God is light.
 
In Christ's Love,
a guy who always
has a night light
(Jesus)
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I always imagined the pearly gates as something covered with thousands of pearls ... but this says it is one pearl. One huge amazing pearl.  It is beautiful in my imagination ... the reality will be breathtaking.

But until then ... Pastor asks what gates do we close and guard.  Previously, on this blog, I have been very transparent. Then I started being very careful with what I wrote and revealed.  I am trying to find a happy medium between the two. I closely guard my heart. And that covers a lot. I am scared to leave it open.

Will there be a day when I am no longer on guard? When my gates are open?

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