Friday, 10 May 2013 12:38

Where’s Your Treasure?

Written by  Lou Priolo
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I’d like you to think for a moment about the rewards that await you in eternity as a follower of Jesus Christ. We are exhorted in many places to fix our minds on heaven.

 

If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:1–2)

 

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

(Matthew 6:19–21)

 

Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:13)

 

 

Do you spend as much time as you should thinking about heaven? Some time ago my family had the opportunity to vacation in Italy. During the months before our trip my family and I diligently read books, visited web sites, looked at transportation options, listened to podcasts, and interviewed several people in preparation for our trip. Why? We wanted to learn as much as we possibly could about where we were going, in advance.

 

Entire books have been written in attempts to begin to describe what heaven will be like. I have only a little bit of space in this article to mention a few of them. 

 

First, there is living in the presence of Christ. Your greatest pleasure, your greatest satisfaction in heaven, will be to be with the Lord and to behold His glory.  Meeting the Lord will be more exciting than the most thrilling adventure you’ve had on this earth.

 

In fact, as one person put it, “The most exhilarating experiences on earth... will seem tame compared to the thrill of seeing Jesus.”

 

In Your presence is fullness of joy: at Your right hand there are pleasures for ever.

(Psalm 16:11)

 

 

What is it that excites you down here? I love to fish; and I love to consume international gourmet cuisine. But what’s your pleasure? Is it golf, hunting, tennis, soccer, ballet, your XBox, your iPod? Is it whitewater rafting, skydiving, bungi-jumping? The thrill of all of those things will pale in comparison to the thrill of being in the presence of, and walking with, and talking with, and eating with, and fellowshipping with Jesus.

 

In heaven we will worship God 24/7, but there will be lots of pleasurable things for us to do and experience while we worship. Will there be golf or fishing or scuba diving in heaven? The Bible doesn’t specifically say, but I can assure you of one thing: If those things are necessary for your happiness, they will be there!

 

Of course, Satan wants all of us to think heaven is going to be dreary and dull. But, heaven is going to be anything but boring! It is our unscriptural thinking that causes us to believe that heaven will be a drag. In heaven you will no longer have to deal with your sinful flesh that is now tempting you to think heaven will be boring.

 

In heaven we will behold God’s glory and never be distracted by less important things. Every lesser thing in heaven will point us back to God. They will become springboards to worship Him. Worship in heaven will be so delightful that it will permeate everything we do. It will be such a wonderful experience that we will want to do it 24/7 even as we do other things. 

 

Secondly, in heaven there will be no sin. Our glorification involves our total sanctification. I can’t tell you how much this excites me! In heaven I won’t have to struggle with my pride and selfishness, and dozens of other things I don’t want to mention. Can you imagine yourself without sin in heaven? I don’t know about you, but I can hardly wait to get there so I can meet me!

 

Thirdly, in heaven we will enjoy our new incredible, incorruptible, indestructible, genuinely human bodies. Think of it! No more allergies, arthritis, sore muscles, colds, headaches, backaches, toothaches, or indigestion. No more pimples, bad breath, or bad hair days. No more pot bellies, love handles, sagging muscles or saddle bags.

 

What more can I say about the joys of heaven in the allotted space?

 

• We will be with the LORD, beholding His magnificence and enjoying unbroken fellowship with Him.

• We will experience perfect pleasure, have perfect love, acquire perfect knowledge!

• We will be able to spend time with our loved ones.

• We will enjoy eating, drinking, and fellowshipping.

• We will delight in God’s New Heaven and New Earth. You think this earth is beautiful. Just you wait! Heaven is going to be like the Garden of Eden—on steroids!

 

So where is your treasure? Does your heart long for heavenly things or things on earth? If you value eternal things, it will be a relatively simple thing for you to overcome the daily struggles and problems of life.

 

 

 

 

 

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