Nuggets from "Whatever Happened to Heaven?" by Dave Hunt |

Hunt, Dave

Nuggets from "Whatever Happened to Heaven?" by Dave Hunt

In all honesty, however, the longing to be raptured home to heaven imminently does not come easily. There should be a great conflict in the heart of every true Christian. On the one hand there ought to be a genuine longing for Christ to return so that we can see Him at last, fall at His feet, and enjoy the bliss of His presence forevermore. On the other hand, however, there ought to be a passion to win the lost to Christ before it is too late—and that would cause us to want more time in which to fulfill the Great Commission. He, in fact, has delayed His coming for that very reason (2 Peter:3:9)....

How could we genuinely long for His imminent return if we still had loved ones who were not believers and who would therefore be left behind to be separated from God and from us forever? Christ confronted those who wanted to be His disciples with this very dilemma. “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me,’’ He told them. “And he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me’’ (Matthew:10:37). A difficult choice, perhaps, but once made there must be no regrets. In fact, He said we must hate our own lives and abandon everything—nothing must stand in the way of our devotion to Him. Is that too much for the Lord of glory, who gave Himself for us, to ask?