Thur., Feb. 3/22
Heaven is not a place you, as one who trusts in our Lord, will merely visit; it is a place you will move to, sight unseen, by one-way ticket, with no return — a place you will be… forever!
Now I know I may have you puzzled by stating this, but I suspect few Christians really ponder the permanency of eternity. Gone will be those little indulgences, all entertainments of flesh, coffee shop klatches, video games, texting, vain ‘selfies’ and haute couture. There will be no ‘Big Macs,’ super-sized soft drinks or caviar in Heaven. No opportunities for competitive one-upmanship, no braveries, no marriage, no credit cards, capitalism or even money. All these things will have served their purpose… all will be gone… forever.
Granted, in heaven there will be things much better. But understand this: it is not a place where all your present heart’s desires will be met. Many of those desires are yet carnal. With all evil removed, hearts will be changed. New hearts with new desires. New wine with new wineskins.
What are you doing now to prepare for this heart surgery? Are there things you ought now work to wean from your wishes? Goals that must go for they will very soon become pointless? Are there thoughts, world views, values, or viewpoints which need to be reviewed, and new ones, from above, applied?
On this, Chambers comments:
“There is no heaven that has a little corner of hell in it. God is determined to make you pure, holy, and right, and He will not allow you to escape from the scrutiny of the Holy Spirit for even one moment.” – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, July 1 entry.
You alone know the true state of these things. Today, I ask you only to ponder them… listen… imagine… then, where needed, act. Our Lord intends to make us holy, and He will. Today I urge you to get used to that idea… and as best you can to reach for that ideal.
“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes.” (Luke 12:35-37).
Not that such efforts can earn us merit, but they may help acclimatize us just a wee bit for what we shall be… forever.