Joy in Heaven
A humble Moravian workman asked John Wesley before his conversion this searching question: “Do you hope to be saved?”
“Yes, I do,” replied Wesley.
“On what ground do you hope for salvation,” asked the Moravian.
“Because of my endeavors to serve God,” said Wesley.
The Moravian made no reply. He only shook his head and walked silently away. Wesley, in speaking of the incident later said, “I thought him very uncharitable, saying in my heart, ‘Would he rob me of my endeavors?’”
There came a day when Wesley understood the Gospel and was saved. Then he knew why the Moravian had reacted as he had… because salvation is solely by grace, “not by works of righteousness which we have done” (Titus 3:5). His brother, Charles, expressed that truth in these words:
“Could my tears forever flow,
Could my zeal no languor know.
These for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone;
In my hand no price I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling.”
Heaven is glad over every sinner who comes to Christ for salvation. And with good reason. Another will go to heaven. Another life gains meaning. Another has his record cleared, his sins forgiven. And Christ is glorified… for salvation is all of His grace.
Take Christ as your personal Saviour today. Heaven will rejoice over you!