In February, I was invited to attend a class at Calvin Seminary, which was taught by a former professor of mine, Dr. Neal Plantinga. As soon as I received this invitation to apply, I jumped at the opportunity because I knew that Neal Plantinga was an outstanding professor on almost every level. When I was in seminary I always enjoyed the challenging classes I had with him. Also, this is a seminar where all the costs are covered which fits very nicely into our church budget! So when I got this invitation, I gathered my curriculum vitae, answered the questions on the application and send it in immediately.
However, in March, I received word that I was not accepted because there were too many applicants to accommodate everyone. Yet I was considered to be an alternate to the class and so if anyone was not able to accept the invitation, then I would be next in line. They said that they would know by March 24 if there would be an opening. When I heard nothing by the end of March, I started looking at other options for continuing education for the summer.
Then on April 1, I got another email that informed me that one of the accepted participants was not able to participate and asked if would I be able to attend. I was beyond thrilled! Once again, I responded in record time with all the information they required and said that I would be delighted to attend.
Why do I tell you about this? It made me think that I’m so glad that heaven is not like the class I will be taking. How tragically awful it would be if we had the great desire to have the amazing life with God both now and for eternity and we were told that it was full, that the kingdom of God had reached full occupancy. And maybe God might give us what we desired if someone else didn’t make it in.
God says that eternal life is for those who respond in faith to him and believe that all that Jesus did was for us. John 3:16 is a beautiful summary: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God doesn’t limit heaven and wants whoever believes in him to be with him. What a rich blessing from an amazingly gracious and generous God.