The Gates of Glory
(A story taken from the book ‘Date in the Forest’ by Alain Auderset)

L’ENTRÉE DU CIEL

“Pop, what’s “glory’ mean?
Does it mean being known?”
–“Um…yes, no,…hang on, I’ll explain it to you”:
One day, I’ll arrive at Heaven’s gate, which will be incredibly impressive, guarded by archangels who are so powerful that I’ll be as insignificant as a fly without a passport buzzing around their feet.

These Guardians are dressed in white, not in white clothes, but white like all the waters of the Niagara falls,
although so much more powerful, that compared to these guardians, these falls are little more than the size of a toilet flush in a dolls’ house bathroom (made In China, sold on through eBay in the “well worn’ category).

All the inhabitants of Heaven are there,
calm, beautiful, amazing, celestial…
Do you know that in the depths of their looks
we can read the wisdom drawn from the mysteries of ancient times?
(Yeah… I don’t understand that bit either, but it sounds good, doesn’t it?)

They watch, unable to believe their eyes,
as the piteous beggar pleads before the door:
–”Let me in, I am the blind and deaf friend of your King!
Blind, because throughout my life, He gave me so many wonderful things, so much help, but I was almost unable to see it.
Deaf, because He talked to me so often yet I heard so little of what He said…

My understanding was so limited that when confronted with the absence of loved ones, suffering and death, I understood nothing… But sometimes, in the “coincidences’ of life, I sensed His presence and in the silence of my prayers, I heard the quiet sound of His steps…”

Then, from the furthest reaches of paradise,
Jesus Christ Himself, King of all the universe, will appear,
generating a hum of astonished murmurs.
He’ll make His way through the awe-struck crowd,
and reaching out to me with open arms, He’ll cry:
“Let him through, let him through…
he’s my friend!”

That’s what glory is, my son,
to be known… by Him.

END

MAHA has obtained permission from Alain Auderset to publish the story of ‘The Gates of Glory’ and the picture. The following article was written by Cindy Lam

At the beginning of the story, the son asked his dad if glory meant being known. This reminded me of the people of the whole world who wanted to build a city with a tower that reached to the heavens, so that they could make a name for themselves (Genesis 11:4).

People like to become famous in the art world, attend an elite school and work for a company with a big brand. Then they feel good about themselves, and they value what people think of them rather that what God thinks of them. In fact, they are seeking men’s approval rather than God’s approval (Galatians 1:10).

At the end of the story, the dad told his son that real glory is to be known by God. The Lord knows who are his (2 Timothy 2:19). Whoever loves God is known by God (1 Corinthians 8:3)
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. (1 John 5:3)

To Christians that are victorious, God will write on them His name and the name of the New Jerusalem. This is glory, and full approval from God.

Revelation 3:12-13
The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name. 13 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Cindy Lam
25 February 2018

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