Sunday, December 08, 2013

Heaven's Real Treasure

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (Luke 12:34).

As I am wont to do from time to time, I muse on things from Scripture, and how we (the church in general) deals with ideas and concepts we find in Scripture. Not too long ago, the idea of "treasure" came to my mind, and how we often think of that term and what it will mean in Heaven.

The Bible talks about "riches in glory" (Philippians 4:19). The Lord Jesus promised "In My Father's house are many dwelling places . . . (John 14:2). How many songs and hymns have been written and sung about "mansions," "streets of gold" and the like? Too many to count, no doubt, including some probably written hundreds of years ago and forgottten, even lost.

While Heaven will no doubt be a glorious place, and the people of the Lord will have need for nothing, I wonder if sometimes we don't miss the point? One of the pastor/elders at my church put it very well. "All that we take into eternity is our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ." Those who have been born again are "in Christ." All that we have, all that we will ever be, is "in Christ." He completes the work He began in each one of us. All that is in creation is His, although He graciously allows us the use of it. Even in Heaven, the Apostle John speaks of how we will all cast our crowns at His feet—and He is the One who awards us the crowns!

When I think of Heaven, and what it is that I am looking forward to most of all, I think we all will be glad to be free of sickness, pain, death, and the sin that brings on all those things. That struggle will at long last be over. But Heaven's greatest treasure is the Lord Himself, and the greatest reward that we can ever be given is to be able to stand in His presence, loving Him, serving Him, and giving Him the glory He alone deserves. And that is a reward that will never end. As believers, our hearts indeed ought to be in Heaven, where our treasure is. Our hearts need to be in Him, the substance and definer of that treasure.

Mull that over for a while!

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