Passing the Pearly Gates

Passing the Pearly Gates

by Sherry Chamblee

My pastor gave us a great message last night on Revelation 21, and one thing that stuck out to me was what he was saying about the gates of pearl. The pearl is the only gemstone that’s created by a living creature – the pearl is the oyster’s answer to pain.

His thoughts were that perhaps, just perhaps, the gates being made of pearl is God reminding His people – the ones allowed into the New Jerusalem – that while the city offers freedom, that freedom came at a great price. That price was a painful price. It was God’s answer to pain, but it also represents Christ’s pain – caused by our sins.

So this made me think –  if the reminder is the intention of the pearly gates, then that means we don’t forget everything that happened here on earth.

We won’t just forget this life on earth. It’ll have a mental impact of some sort, even in eternity…because if God wants us to remember His pain on the cross that procured our salvation, then that means God wants us to remember. Seems simple, right?

But I think we sometimes give ourselves a pass – even when we sin here on earth, someday we’ll forget it all because the Bible says God will wipe all tears from our eyes. Of course, the Bible doesn’t say He’ll wipe our memories. And He doesn’t say that He’ll wipe away all the pain of those memories…

So – what if a painful memory from our life here could taint a relationship there in heaven? What if, before talking to someone in Heaven, we hesitate because the pearly gates remind us of the pain that our actions caused in regards to that person.

What if we treated everyone around us with that thought in mind?

The thought that in Heaven – in the New Jerusalem – we’ll be interacting with this person, and our interactions now will be remembered then – every time we pass the pearly gates. 

About the Author:

Sherry Chamblee

Sherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.

Sherry Chamblee can be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com Or check out her books at http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Chamblee/e/B00BA06RJ2/

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