Friday, August 08, 2008

Enter Into the Joy of Your Lord

"Enter into the joy of your Lord." (Matthew 25:23).

And now we speak of things so sublime that they are far beyond the scope of man’s imagination. Indeed, we could never even conceive of such things as we are about to discuss. As it is written, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Co.2:9).

Dream of heaven, O dreamer of dreams, and your dreams at best are altogether vanity—for God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we could ever even think or imagine.

How then do we know of these glorious things, seeing they are beyond our ability to know them? “God has revealed them to us by his Spirit,” the Bible says, “for the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God” (1 Co.2:10, NKJV). The verse goes on to say that we have been given the Spirit of God “that we might know the things that are freely given to us by God” (vs.12).

Why is it important that we speak now of things that are yet so far away? Jesus regarded our future in heaven an important motivation for faithful service during this time of waiting for His return. That’s why He included it in the Parable of the Talents. And that’s why we ought to familiarize ourselves with what the Bible says on this subject.

We will discover that by living each day now with That Day fully in mind—our choices, our conduct, and our conversations will become much more intentional as it pertains to bringing honor to Jesus by faithfully obeying His word and doing His will.

What a day it will be when we see Jesus! One of my favorite Bible verses comes from the Wuest New Testament. It sums up how we will feel when we stand before the Lord and see all He has done in His love for us: “And they were completely flabbergasted, and that in a super abundant degree, which itself was augmented by the addition of yet more astonishment, saying, ‘He has done all things well!’” (Mark 7:37)

And on That Day when we shall look upon Him, wouldn’t it be wonderful to hear the Lord say to each of us in return, “You, too, have done all things well! Now, enter into the joy of your Lord!”

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