Every day we are bombarded by what the world deems newsworthy – politics, crime, corruption, entertainment, economics, sport, gossip and so forth. Every headline is a reminder of what is valuable on earth. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what matters here on terra firma; just pick up a newspaper, scroll the Web or switch on the telly. People’s careers or reputations are made or lost based on the worthiness of the news they generate.
Now here’s a noteworthy question, “What is newsworthy in Heaven?” or, “What will make headlines in the Celestial Star?”
Here is my unexhaustive list of news that will make the regular headlines in Heaven:
- Consistency in Your Walk With God
Job made the otherworldly news because of his righteous life. God speaks of Job when addressing Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him. He is a good, faithful man. He respects God and refuses to do evil.” (Job 1:8 ERV)
When last have you seen a primetime news story of a faithful, godly man which goes about his business year in and year out? Well, if you are that faithful man, don’t despair, your story is getting airtime in the courts of angels.
2. Authentic Prayer
We see in the Throne Room of the Almighty that the prayers of the saints are like bowls of incense – releasing a fragrant smell in the presence of God (Revelations 5:1-14).
Do you hear of any old lady faithfully praying for the salvation of her grandson on our daily radio shows? Well, if you are that lady, don’t lose heart, your prayers are making waves in the Throne Room.
3. Ongoing Wickedness
When we break God’s moral code, we make the news in Heaven for all the wrong reasons. The times of Noah is an example to us, “When the LORD saw how wicked everyone on earth was and how evil their thoughts were all the time, he was sorry that he had ever made them and put them on the earth. He was so filled with regret that he said, ‘I will wipe out these people I have created, and also the animals and the birds, because I am sorry that I made any of them.’” (Genesis 6:5-7 GNB)
On earth sin is glamorized in the media, whereas the Celestial Star deems it high treason against God. Well, if you know that you accommodate wickedness in your life, I want to encourage you to run to God’s Throne of grace in order to plead for mercy. If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us (1 John 1:9).
4. Spiritual Birth-Days
When God saves a person from eternal damnation, the story naturally hits the front page of the Divine Post. Jesus said, “I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” (John 15:7 ESV)
Switch on your TV; do you see CNN celebrate the redemption of a lost soul by the blood of Christ? Well, if you are that soul, know that every cover page in Heaven have your face on it. And if you are spreading the good news that God is seeking lost souls, then you will surely make the 7 o’clock show up above.
I want to encourage you to search the Holy Writ for more stories that will make news in Heaven. Let us pray:
Heavenly Father of our spirits
Protect us, preserve us, prune us, perfect us
So that we will be radiant
Glowing with eternal light from the Son
Let people be drawn to You
Let nations lit up by the power of Your rays
So that every breathing cell, man and creature
Will Glorify, Magnify, Elevate and Promote
the KING of kings and LORD of lords!!!