We suffer from a culture of the negative. It is in our speech, attitude and thinking. When life throws us into trials our attention turns to an end. The word tells us we speak whatever that fills our hearts. As such there is no surprise we utter words such as “s#*t”, “die, die, die”, “my … is going to kill me”, when lose control. Our natural response towards situations beyond us are to panic and not trust. Hence we are creatures who need to the captain of our souls. If we fail to man the boat, we believe we sink.
Our approach towards the Gospel suffers the same attitude. We treat the Gospel as a means of an escape from spiritual death. We address the panic rather than the possibilities. While the Gospel is about abundance in the divine life, we see it as survival from hell. Hence, punishment becomes our catalyst to the Kingdom.
Salvation become an entry to heaven in the afterlife. It isn’t. Salvation is not about about getting to heaven and living there for the rest of life. Salvation is about God leaving heaven and making his heaven in you. Such is our impression when we announce the Gospel to only “a remnant”, “the few that are chosen” and “the little flock”. We suffer the delusion heaven is under populated.
Consider John. The last of the apostles. Exiled, alone and old, John wondered if the Word would be lost or fade away with his death. Paul beheaded, Peter crucified, Thomas pushed off the cliff, James publicly executed and the rest asleep. Would the Gospel die with him? While John set his sight on lost, the abundant life-giver appeared and opened the veil of human history to John. John sees the sight of the success of the ministry of his fellow brothers:
After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.
No one could count. None even the angels, God’s census-takers could count, the Greek says. “Remnant? Few? Little?” I think not. The limitations of the Gospel appears only in our limitations we have of our God. There is a need to repent, a renewal of our minds.