“Aha mpo ni na osoro ho” – This is a song in a local dialect and I decided to start the piece with this because it was this song that rang a bell in me.
The literal meaning of the song is; If this is how this place looks like how much more above; or heaven to be precise.
The chants of this song after my graduation ceremony in the Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science And Technology reechoed the bells of eternity in my mind.
If earthly rewards could hold such glory how much more that which comes from heaven. Let us prepare for eternity; for it is just a breath away.
The start of the ceremony saw all participants or better still graduates dressed in their proper outfit and clothed elegantly. Having put on their gowns and looking all gorgeous in anticipation for what the day will hold for them, all was set for the ceremony.
Four years of hard work and sweat in the University was about to be rewarded and “my oh my” each and everyone seated indeed deserved it.
As I took the book that was given to us; it contained all the names of graduants and I saw my name. However I saw something interesting and peculiar; the names in my class weren’t complete. There were some which fell along the line and yet still some couldn’t cross the finishing line.
I mean to say; not everyone made it in the list of the graduants; this also caught my attention. Not everyone you know will make it in eternity; Heaven is a destination but as sad us it may look; some will not make it.
Perhaps this is why Apostle Peter In 2 Peter 1:10 told us to add diligence to make our calling and election sure. Don’t get me wrong; in as much as we are saved by grace and not by works;
salvation is a call for us to be greatly awake; and watchful unto the very end.
Especially now; living in a world which has become more crooked and perversed. But shall we be counted among those who draw back unto perdition or of them that believe unto the saving of the soul.
The ceremony was so awesome; and the moment we all waited for came; names of students who were going to be awarded were mentioned. Students from all programmes who qualified for degrees stood up ready to be honored.
Starting from the First class category through to the pass category; even here there were distinctions. Everyone present was awarded but it was based according to your works over the past 4 years.
Some were recognized than others; because everyone was awarded due to what He deserved. So shall it be in heaven; all who believe in the name of the son of God and thoroughly hold on to that confession will be deemed fit to enter the kingdom of Heaven.
For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works (Matthew 16:27).
The various valedictorians were recognized; here I mean the overall best students from the two colleges that were represented. As I sat down to contemplate, I realized if earthly rewards hold such glory how much more heaven.
In a graduation ceremony there is always excitement, the atmosphere alone puts a certain kind of joy in you which can’t be explained unless experienced. I remember taking pictures and making videos with my colleagues as the ceremony was in session. This is something which am not really fond of; but there was something about the atmosphere which you just couldn’t resist.
You just got to be happy and again in heaven there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away (Revelation 21:4).
That is just but a glimpse of what would happen in eternity. In one of the pictures I saw on my colleague’s status; he wrote;
God has filled my mouth with laughter.
That is how eternity will be; there is going to be joy; where we shall sit together with the saints and rejoice in the Lord.
What glory there will be out there
We shall all appear before the judgement seat of Christ and we shall give accounts of what we did in our bodies while on earth. This scripture in 2 Corinthians 5:10 clearly shows that our rewards though heavenly stems out of our earthly ministry; our lives lived in the body.
The picture is clear: let this truth be stamped on our hearts. It is not another of the fairytales we read neither is it a parable.
While we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in His majesty and glory; let one thing be assured to all; that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that shall be revealed in us (Romans 8:18).
And with full assurance of faith and confidence we eagerly await our Savior and Master who told us something very profound to reassure our heart in the faith we profess.
In John 14:2-3 KJV
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. …
Hallelujah; this is our hope; which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil (Hebrews 6:19).
Where He is, there shall we be also; may the Lord keep us and may our whole Spirit; Soul and Body be kept blameless unto the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
It is He alone who is able to keep us from falling and present us faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy (Jude 1:24).
Let this be your hope and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear;
For the Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).