“You know, Keri, I think, when we get to the new heavens and new earth, we will realize a lot of things that we think are right are wrong.” said Hannah, a sister who I always look up to, during our conversation on how Christians always want to be right.
The same wise Hannah also shared in another conversation that there was a time she found it difficult to forgive someone who had hurt her, “I’d never do this to anybody”, she spoke to herself. But then she said, the Lord taught her right away that we should never be so certain to think that way, because one day we may indeed very well do the same to others.
Then I remember another quote I read a long time ago, and I don’t even remember who wrote it, that, one day, when we reach the new heavens and new earth, we will be shocked at who has made it and who has not.
These have been my lessons, too.
There were a few times when I was so certain that I was correct in my interpretations on certain scriptures, and then I changed my mind, and then I changed again. And I couldn’t even comprehend why I used to hold this or that view with such certainty.
There were a few times I was so certain that I would never treat someone that way I was treated or make the same mistake someone had made. And I couldn’t be more wrong to trust in my self-confidence and self-sufficiency.
And finally, of course, it is never our job to decide who is “saved” and who is not. Many people question someone’s salvation just because they do or see things differently. Servants of the Lord questioning one another. May Paul’s word encourage us, “My conscience is clear, but that does not vindicate me. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the proper time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.” (1 Corinthians 4:4-5)