Greetings from Manila, Philippines. Now, let me tell you how I got there. I call it ‘Life behind the Curtain!’ I thought it would be fun to update my status from when I wrote the first version of this article in early 2006.
I travel thousands of miles a year speaking at conferences outside of the church walls as well as many churches and church events. Most of those flights are with United Airlines because of their sensational frequent flyer program. I’m what United Airlines calls ‘IK’….a frequent flyer who flew over one-hundred thousand miles with United in the last year. I now have two million, two hundred thousand miles with United. My ‘IK’ status is a passport into United’s world. So as not to be accused of advertising, many other airlines have the same program. Let me tell you more.
One of the perks of being ‘IK’ is that I receive what United calls System-Wide Upgrades. You guessed it. For the price of a coach class ticket, I experience ‘Life behind the Curtain!’ As you may know, there is a curtain between Coach Class and Business or First Class. Incidentally, I am spoiled the rest of his life!
The experience of flying Coach and flying International Business is dramatically different. First of all, there is room….lots of room. The seats tilts back to horizontal. No problem sleeping on those twelve hour flights. The seats even knead your back while you are sitting or sleeping! The meals are served to you, not thrown at you! You even get three choices of main dishes, the best wine, and great desserts! Let’s not forget the one hundred plus movies playing at the same time on your individual screen. Are you hearing the angels sing? Aaaaahhhhhh!
After you experience this world, you never want to go back to the back of the plane or that old world again. I’ve been known to leave claw marks in the carpet of the plane as they dragged me to the back of the plane when I couldn’t be upgraded on those flights from San Francisco to Singapore. I just flew that flight. It was sixteen hours and 40 minutes…non-stop. Chiropractors love that flight. If you flew in back, you will need one.
Believe it or not, there is a lesson here. You see, coach class is like our life on earth. Business class (actually, First Class) is like our life in heaven. Life here on earth is small seats, low ceilings, and crowded conditions, paying for ‘edible-challenged’ meals, lost baggage, long lines and security checks. If that’s all you have experienced, you think that is normal. That is as good as it gets.
But, as a Christian, I know there is a First/Business Class waiting for me. It’s much better than the world I have experienced so far. Talk about perks! It’s Life behind the Curtain! Even though I love life here on earth, it’s nothing compared to the glory that is to be revealed to me! And the trip was bought and paid for by God, through His Son for you and me. Believe me, He has connections into the airline because My Father owns the airline. God owns everything, right?
It doesn’t matter whether you are rich or poor, black or white, young or old, Jew or Gentile, what you have done in the past, what connections you have or your current status. All who are weary of Coach Class and looking for a city whose architect and builder is God can make their reservations now. You get ‘1K’ status from God for asking Christ into your heart. That’s called believing God. The experience starts now though. Even when I’m not flying, I still have God’s status. Then, when it is time to fly, I have a Life behind the Curtain!
Welcome aboard! Your password is John 3:16!
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