I have come to realize that some people just are closer to God then me. God hears all our prayers! No debate there. But some seek and know more about God. Some are entrusted with more. Most of us love the Lord and serve Him faithfully but we just don't take those extra steps. Now this post is not meant to knock any of them! In fact the complete opposite. Those that truly operate in gifts of the Holy Spirit. Those that receive real prophecies for others. Those that really go out of their way to help orphans, widows and homeless. I take my hat off to you! When I was a teen I had a friend who wanted to commit suicide. I took him to a youth meeting at our church. The guy teaching was my 'current' age. Before the meeting he looked at us and said 'there is someone here who wants to commit suicide'. My friend mockingly whispered to me ''umm there are 50 youth here, what an educated guess to make him look holy''...this preacher fixed his gaze on my friend and said ''God says don't''. My hairs stood up, my friend had tears and went outside. God is a righteous judge. He does not give a gift to someone undeserving. He does not give a title / position of leadership to someone undeserving. I would have no problem taking orders from someone who God chose to put above me at church or in heaven. Because I know for that, the individual was first humbler / more self sacrificing then me. To hear more from God /get power / position of authority in heaven....works in reverse to how it is received on earth! Matt 18:1-4 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of heaven. 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Just a side thought... next time someone doesn't like the idea of ''serving God in heaven''. Help them grasp that if God is the greatest in Heaven. ...that would make Him the humblest being in the universe according to His word / who He is. What are your thoughts? Will you respect those above you in heaven?