No Tricks … All Treats ~ blog

 In Daily Encouragement

Tomorrow is Halloween here in America.  It is the last day in October and history gives us a lot of things to ponder regarding its practice.  Now I did not grow up in a conservative religious home where if you dressed up like the devil or a demon you might lose your salvation.  We just put on costumes, walked around the neighborhood, and got free candy.   What could be better than that?

The first time I ventured out was when I was 5.  I went as a hobo.  My dad burned the end of a cork to blacken my face as if this 5-year-old had a black beard.  Some frumpy clothes a dirty hat and off I went to trick or treat around the houses in the Naval Academy.  The next year I went as a midshipman wearing my father’s altered uniform.

This was back around 1959 and the various treats were somewhat amusing.  The dentist gave out toothbrushes and toothpaste. Some made popcorn balls and others gave us fruit, but we had to be careful there were no razor blades hidden inside.  There were also warnings of people giving out candy they had poisoned. There is a special place in hell for that crowd.  I mean really??? A kid is out having fun and comes to your door and you are going to try and poison him?  How sick is that!!!

Some believe that on Halloween it is the time when the dividing wall between us in the real work and those who are in the spirit world is at its narrowest.  Thus, the idea of ghosts and goblins hanging about.

I do not know about that … It just seemed like a way for kids to have some fun and get free candy.

So, let’s imagine you are doing a spiritual trick or treating.  You are going to go to only one door and that is the one at the pearly gates of heaven.  You know … where St. Peter is hanging out.  He is sitting by the door in his 30 AD costume of a robe and sandals.  His long beard has turned snow white, but he has a big smile on his face as you approach the door.

Let’s see … what would your costume be?  Let’s say your costume is based on who you were before you accepted Christ.  Ephesians 2:1-3 tells us what that costume might look like.

“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.”

Nice costume!!! I think the visual I am getting is that of a Zombie.  Dead your sins. A follower of the devil.  Craving the desires of our flesh and were by nature an object of God’s wrath. Oh … and also your righteous deeds are like filthy rags.  It sounds like a Zombie Hobo to me.

There is a big mirror before the door so that you can see what you look like before knocking and you are shocked at the way you look.  That was the old you.  That was who you were before becoming a born-again believer and a child of God’s.  And you panic for a second thinking … OH NO … maybe I was not really saved?  Maybe my sexual sins and addiction were not forgiven, and I will go to hell for my sins.

And that is why Saint Peter is there.  Before you can start trying to talk your way out of this potentially eternal disaster he simply says;

“Have you trusted Christ, by faith and asked Him to be Your Savior?”

To which you answer … “Yes, I did that when I was a child.” Or you might say; “Yes I did that as a teenager or an adult.”  Regardless of when all Pete wants to know is not when but did you put your faith in Christ and His sacrifice on the cross to be the payment for all of your sins?

His eyes are piercing right through you and you know that you must tell the truth because he will know one way of the other.  And when you quietly whisper …

“Yes, by the grace and mercy of God He saved me

and gave me the faith and the grace to believe.”

And Peter says … you may proceed.  And as you take the next step and knock on the door everything about you changes.  You feel completely washed clean.  You are clothed with a white robe whiter than any cloth you have ever seen. Your skin has a soft glow to it and you suddenly feel better and healthier than you have ever felt before.  You are instantly changed from living in a perishable, diseased and aging zombie hobo into a saint.  Your body is now imperishable.  Your sin nature is gone and a voice behind the door says come in … I have been waiting to show myself to you.

Though you have never literally heard the voice of Jesus before, you know that it is He Himself inviting you in so that you can be where He is … forever. As the Steve Green song says;

“Just think of stepping on shore … and finding it heaven.

Of touching a hand … and finding it God’s

Of breathing new air … and finding it celestial

Of waking up in glory … and finding it HOME.”

 

No tricks … all treats!

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