HEAVEN WILL BE SPARSELY POPULATED

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        “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” [Matthew 7:14]

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           If you like wide open spaces free from the maddening crowd you will love heaven. It will not be because heaven’s perceived billions will be spread out in such a way over a limitless expanse that it appears relatively empty, but because its population relevant to planet earth will be disproportionately less than many can imagine. This means most humans will never get there.

A HUNDRED MILLION TO ONE

         It reminds one of why the Creator is so generous with seeds so as to greatly boost the chances of fruitfulness. It appears He is thus wasting seeds but in reality He is only increasing the chances of fertility, productivity, success, and abundance.

         One might keep in mind that every human being is the result of one very strong unrelenting little fighting spermy guy who fended off all the other loser spermy guys to make it first to the interior of the great egg at the finish line.

          On average, when the sower sows his seed, 100 million sperm are released. 100 million. That’s roughly 30% of the current population in the USA. Yet these 100 million are reduced down to only one winner. So though we characterize extremely long odds as “a million to one,” this ratio is one hundred times that. This means 100 million minus one are losers. They never get to the finish line. The vast majority all die along the way.

         Now, these little guys can actually live up to about five days once implanted. This means they have five days to get to the egg. So it is not just each other they are competing against—they are also competing against time. Each one of them has the highest of callings but only one in a hundred million actually gets to fulfill it. Many of them get lost. Many run out of steam. Many get sidetracked. Many don’t have the capacity to get very far. They say this is nature’s way of insuring that only the very best make it to the very end. Only one gets there. There is no second place.

         “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” [Matthew 7:14]

         It is the same with humanity. Billions of people exist but the Lord Jesus said only a relative few will make it to the eternal goal. It is not necessarily because He sets very high restrictions. It is mostly because human beings in general are stupid, lazy, selfish, and prideful. Most do not seek truth. Most do not seek deliverance from sin. Most people do not understand that seeds must be planted and that this action calls for sacrifice and self surrender. Most of those who do understand it cannot bring themselves to do it, or do it consistently, or they try but give up.

          Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal.” [John 12:24-25]  

          Survival of the fittest is also true in the spiritual realm. The Lord Jesus gives us the tools and opportunities to succeed but we must put it all to work and we must always trust Him faithfully regardless of circumstances. The human spirit is extremely strong. Once it is directed properly and functioning properly per the Lord’s will there cannot help but be success. This success, however, is according to the Lord’s standards and not those of this world. Worldly standards dictate that the apostle Paul, for example, was a loser. He left this world with no material possessions beyond the clothes on his back, no retirement, no 401k, no nothing. But according to spiritual standards he perhaps did more for the Lord Jesus and His kingdom than anyone else. All real Christians are still blessed recipients of Paul’s writings to this day.

         How much more can the same be said for the Lord Jesus Himself? He accomplished infinitely more than Paul or all the rest of us put together. He not only made it to the egg but He made it to the greatest egg of all time and opened up a door and a trail for us to get there as He did. Even so, most “believers” will never make it. This is why:

          “Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.” [Matthew 13:18-23]   

           No one overcame as many obstacles in completing His course as did the Lord. The early believers illustrated for future generations how one must go about living for God, doing His will, and achieving the objective. They did not have it easy but they did it anyway. Most of today’s Christians take the opposite approach. Most will all die in the opening salvos and machine gun fire on the beaches of Normandy.

           It is an exceedingly tough journey for the little spermy guys to make it to the egg. Not only must they expend energy on the trip, they must also conserve the energy they will need for the end of the trip. Why? Because the egg is actually covered by a thick layer which makes it all the more difficult for conception to occur. The few sperm that get there must have enough left in the tank to penetrate the outer layer of the egg. This is where the remaining few greatest die. Imagine making it that far and not being able to complete the objective.

         This exact seed journey scenario mirrors life in a general sense, but it perfectly captures life in the spiritual sense. The Kingdom of the Lord is therefore only for those who have the unrelenting drive to make it all the way, to dedicate themselves completely to the Lord Jesus, and be determined against often ridiculous odds to complete the course.

              All real Christians will go though the following in the process:

          “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” [Matthew 5:10-12]

           If one is going to make it to heaven one will have to overcome all the persecution along the way. One will have to maintain love and always forgive. One must contend with betrayal and potential traps. The obstacles can be immense. There may be vast scorching waterless deserts to cross or giant mountain ranges with deep snow and icy winds. There will always be much resistance. Many elements of the journey will refuse to cooperate. At times the objective will appear impossible. But because the real Christian is blessed with the indomitable spiritual seed of the great Creator, he has the ability to overcome everything and continue to press on. On one occasion, Paul illustrated the challenge set before us as follows:

           I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it. Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified. [1Corinthians 9:23-27][1]

         If Paul knew he could miss the mark, we should all know we could also. He put forth maximum effort to stay qualified. We should also. Anyone who has ever accomplished anything significant knows that it takes much work and dedication. This is even truer when it comes to working in the Lord’s kingdom. And it is entirely true when it comes to properly graduating from this life into the next.

            There will only be a relative few at the ceremony.

            © 2019 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved. 


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Posted on June 7, 2019, in Teaching and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Never thought of heaven as being sparsely populated. Something to think about. I know there will be those to whom the Lord will say, “Depart from Me, I never knew you.” And perhaps they will be shocked, but perhaps not. I think real Christians will know who they are 🙂

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    • Thanks Linda. If real Christians will know then they know now. The early believers knew. Paul even wrote about such people, having heard of them all over. He even interacted with them. He warned against them and their teachings as did the Lord.

      It makes one wonder. It cannot be the case that they knew they were wrong or they wouldn’t be surprised at the Judgment. That leaves only one thing: Deception. These people were deceived. They found out too late. The Lord even alluded to the distinct possibility that His own followers could be deceived. The only cure for this spiritual deception that makes one believe they are right when they are wrong is a closer, closer, and closer walk with the Lord Jesus, whose light will expose such darkness.

      This is truly a fallen world and there are great masters of deception resident within it.

      Be blessed my friend.

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      • Thanks, RJ. Yes, the Father of Lies certainly has a huge following. As a Christian counselor, I hear the results of lies and deliberate deceit every day that I work. It’s heartbreaking that Satan has been so successful; but you are right. Our own sin nature leads us to deceit, and only living close to God will keep us from that pollution. There’s a wonderful old hymn, “Close to Thee,” that I used to sing:
        Thou my everlasting Portion,
        More than friend or life to me,
        All along my pilgrim journey,
        Savior, let me walk with Thee.

        Close to Thee, close to Thee,
        Close to Thee, close to Thee;
        All along my pilgrim journey,
        Savior, let me walk with Thee.

        Not for ease or worldly pleasure,
        Not for fame my prayer shall be;
        Gladly will I toil and suffer,
        Only let me walk with Thee.

        Close to Thee, close to Thee,
        Close to Thee, close to Thee;
        Gladly will I toil and suffer,
        Only let me walk with Thee.

        Lead me through the vale of shadows,
        Bear me o’er life’s fitful sea;
        Then the gate of life eternal
        May I enter, Lord, with Thee.

        Close to Thee, close to Thee,
        Close to Thee, close to Thee;
        Then the gate of life eternal
        May I enter, Lord, with Thee.

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        • That captures it beautifully. Those are great verses. Thank you Linda. The opportunity to walk with the Lord and work for Him is such a great blessing and honor. Thank you for your work in exposing the enemy’s lies and helping set people free. Having done much counseling over the years, I want you to know that your description describes perfectly the sad results of evil preying on minds. We must have people like you to set people straight and get them on track with the Lord. Of course, they must want it, be willing to work, and must fight to be free. You must have had some great victories along the way. Be blessed.

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  2. Dude!! This was extremely profound and it puts a lot of things into perspective. I’ve thought about the challenge that a spermatozoon would face in helping to bring new life that only faces similar challenges as it pursues its definition of success. There’s worldly success and then there’s spiritual success which I had never contemplated as thoroughly (with this correct perspective) as when I was reading this piece. May God continue to use you, increase your wisdom, and bless you tremendously for His glory and honor!

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    • Thank you. The Lord Jesus has done and continues to do so much to bring forth spiritual fruit and success. We each must do our part to complete the covenant. It is not easy and was never designed to be but the reward is truly great and completely outside the realm of human effort without Him. Blessings to you.

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  3. RJ, I love this statement: “One will have to maintain love and always forgive. ” Amen. I appreciate you speaking to godly character. Growth is a lifelong process; so may we press in all the more to the One who loves us in incomprehensible ways. Blessings ♥

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    • Thank you Jacquie. I appreciate it. I remember so long ago learning that one cannot be forgiven without being forgiving. I think a lot of Christians might have missed that class. I think about all that the Lord went through and He never did anything wrong. So many treated Him so bad and so many still do. But He continues to love and forgive, and show great grace, mercy, and compassion. Due to His perfect and loving ongoing example, we have no excuse. Thank you for the work you are doing. Be blessed.

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