Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Revelation 21:9-21

Today's reading provides us with a stunning description of the new city of God. Like much of the Book of Revelation, the description is symbolic and shows us that our new home with God will defy description. We will not be disappointed in any aspect of our future home with God.

The new city is enormous and layered with fine jewels and gold. It is large enough to hold all of us. Its description is meant to make us feel that it is a place we would want to go and never leave.

As Christians this is exactly what, I think, we want heaven to be. It should be a place to which we long to go. It should be a place to which we hunger to go. It should be a place in which we are so satisfied we will have no desire to leave. It should be a place in which there is a peace beyond our understanding.

If this description of heaven is what we believe, and when I say believe I mean truly believe in our hearts, then all of us should be very eager to get there. Yet, I wonder if we, or I, truly believe that this is what heaven is like, or sometimes if it exists at all. Because if we truly believe in this description of heaven, and that we will be able to spend all eternity there, what wouldn't we do in this life to get there? I mean that compared to all eternity this short, quick, blink of an eye 100 years we spend in this life is a nanometer on all eternity's timeline. So what task is too big, what sacrifice is too great for us to do or make in this life to obtain all eternity in heaven? Jesus confirmed that there is nothing we shouldn't be willing to do to earn our way into heaven; however, He said all we had to do was to love God with all our heart, mind, and soul, love our neighbor as ourselves, and share the Word with others.

Wishing you much success in your walk with Christ,
Richard Leach

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