When I stand by the graveside of a loved one I’m struck by the finality of it all. And honestly often I’m plagued by doubts. Maybe you are too.
Jesus told a parable about the kingdom of heaven being like a net thrown from a boat gathering up fish. Then he concludes, “They sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age.”*
Unfortunately, that’s been used to scare people into a relationship with God. Yet, I don’t believe Jesus intended it that way.
Personally I see comfort in it.
When this life ends it really isn’t the end. We’re promised Heaven. There we’ll be with God and our loved ones.
He offers this to everyone. I think when we get to Heaven we’ll be surprised by some who are there. Heck, maybe some will be surprised by us.
In the end, though, there are some who completely reject God and choose to live apart from him so God finally gives them what they wanted.
Yet, also realize this doesn’t depend on us swimming into the net. But simply accepting the love God offers.
*Matthew 13:48-49 (NIV)