The Upward Call
Revelation 4:1-11
After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven…

Suppose that I had gone away from here for years, and came back to find my daughter living in some low, obscure place, bound out to hard labour. Suppose my son were in another place, half-clothed, half-fed, and suffering all manner of ill-treatment. And thus with all my children. What should I be likely to do? Should I not at once set about lifting them out of such situations, and getting them up where I was? I should say to them, "Come up, my children; you were not born to live down there. Your place is where I am. Come up here to me; here is where you belong." Well, this is what God is doing to men. He has a few, a very few, children living in the high places of spiritual life — those regions of hope and love where He Himself dwells. "Come up hither — come up into the region of warmth and love, where your Father dwells. You were not made to live down there. This is where you belong. Come up hither."

(H. W. Beecher.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

WEB: After these things I looked and saw a door opened in heaven, and the first voice that I heard, like a trumpet speaking with me, was one saying, "Come up here, and I will show you the things which must happen after this."

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