We’re having a special church production of Heaven’s Gates and Hell’s Flames.
Pastor Maurice Quarterio from Sidney, Australia has arrived on the island for the second production of this play. I wasn’t able to watch it because I was in Japan when he first came and directed the play two years ago, but I’m very fortunate to be here and be part of the production this time around. I only heard good things about his ministry from my sister, and praise reports from him taking this production to another fellowship church in the Philippines and seeing crowds of people giving their lives to Jesus Christ.
The play is fairly simple;
It shows several situations: lives of people their circumstances and how they live the last moments of their lives and their transition to eternity, finding themselves in front of the gates of heaven. They are then faced with the question of their eternal destination, heaven or hell. What they did with Jesus Christ on earth however, will ultimately decide their destination.
My pastor calls this play our local church’s “Mission Statement“;
This is our call as Christians; to proclaim and share the gospel to everyone and everywhere through the love of Christ. It is the great commission;
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. " Matthew 28:18-20
Whether it is huge scale productions such as this play, or personal time to share Jesus to a loved one or a stranger, we are part of this commission. Sometimes it feels like we are alone in this harvest field. And sometimes it feels like there are more against us than for us.
Then we begin to question, are we even able to reach this much people? With billions of people on the earth, three of them die every second, is it possible to tell them about the love of Christ?
Pastor Maurice then reminded us, “The Kingdom of God is vast and that those who are in Christ are working for a common goal: the great commission.”
We are not alone, instead, we’re actually part of something bigger, wider and greater than ourselves, our location, our abilities and our resources. Even though we won’t see results in an instant, we should hold fast in the hope and in faith that God is orchestrating something—something that is good, something that is beautiful and something that is great.
Some plant, some water, some people prune, some people harvest.
Sometimes we won’t even see the harvest—but we made it happen. We took part of planting something in people’s hearts. Into their souls. And the holy spirit will convict and guide them.
Then hopefully, somewhere down the road, they’ll receive the revelation and accept Christ as their savior.
And that’s what matters.