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12 April, 2012 17:56

April 12, 2012


Just the other day someone sent me an email with a video link attached. The sender wrote, ‘This is the best flash mob I’ve ever seen’. The setting for the video was a large multi level mall somewhere in Canada. The video begins showing people making their way across what appears to be the food court. One individual is seen placing an empty plastic bottle just a couple of feet in front of a trash can. Numerous people walk by ignoring the bottle as though it wasn’t there. Then along comes a young lady who bends down and picks up the bottle and deposits it into the trash. Suddenly the entire mall seems to erupt into clapping. When the clapping begins people from all levels of the mall take out red caps and proceed to put them on, identifying that they are part of this brilliantly orchestrated stunt. The young lady hesitates for a moment before realizing that she was the object of all their applause; never thinking that such a simple act would garnish so much attention.

(I’ve never been a tree hugger or bought into the whole radical environmentalism movement. Please don’t misunderstand me, I’m not in favor of tossing my garbage from my car window or littering the streets. I just don’t believe in straining out gnats and swallowing camels, that’s all.)

Now back to the real point of this article. About an hour or so after watching this video, it suddenly dawned on me what heaven must be like when one sinner repents. There is no other reason to cause all of heaven to erupt into praise, than when a lost sinner is found and restored. Heaven erupts into praise for no other reason. How amazing!

How many times a day or a week do we walk by some lost soul and yet we never go out of our way to reach out and minister to them. Jesus told the story of the man lying beside the road who was robbed, beaten, bruised, broken, bloody and dying. This man had already watched as two men had passed him by, ignoring his cries for help. The tragedy of the story lay in the fact that these two men were supposedly godly men. One was a priest whose very calling involved going after the lost, sick, and broken. The other was a Levite who was also called and set apart for the ministry. Neither of them felt any compassion for this poor soul even though he lay directly in front of their very eyes.

As I recalled this video, I could picture in my mind’s eye the hosts of heaven looking down from their lofty positions much like the people peering over the railing of this multi-storied mall. These heavenly hosts were eagerly watching to see if any of God’s children would care enough to reach out and share the love of God to just one lost and dying soul.

I must admit that when I fist watched this video I was expecting some great majestic song much like Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus to be sung as in other videos I’ve watched. No, this video didn’t even come close to matching the professional performance of some gifted singers and musicians. Instead, it focused on the importance of one simple act. It focused on doing the right thing.

When was the last time you made heaven erupt into joy?

Here is the video link.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. leastofall permalink
    April 13, 2012 10:40 am

    Great word David to remind us to not over look for the least of these. People need Jesus and I think we tend to think because we live in the US people have already heard it. Let’s step out and boldly proclaim the good news 😉

  2. April 21, 2012 11:19 pm

    I am not sure if I would have enjoyed the video as much without having read your take on it. I’m glad I read it first because when the applause erupted I nearly wept for joy at the thought of the heavenly host uproariously applauding in such a fashion over one lost soul coming to Christ! Thanks!

  3. Ashley Candelaria permalink
    November 16, 2012 4:00 am

    If we know Scripturally that heaven erupts in praise when one sinner repents, what must be the cause of all heaven to be silent for about half an hour in Revelation 8:1?

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