Treasured Hope

Hi everyone! I hope you are doing well in the midst of this black fly season. I was determined to get my flower garden set up so I had to wear my jacket with the hood tied tight. They still bit me but my flowers are in the ground. I win. 

I have said more than once that I am so glad that I won’t get bug bites in Heaven. A lot of people say how much they can’t wait for Heaven so that they can see Jesus, family, friends and pets. We can try to imagine how it will all happen and what it will look like when we wake up there. There are movies, books and dreams galore, all trying to depict something that I believe will be so far off from the true Heaven. 

I saw a quote this week that completely stopped me in my tracks:

 “Did you ever stop to think that God is going to be as pleased to have you in Heaven as you are to be there?” 

A.W. Tozer

Personally, I have never thought about it from the viewpoint of Jesus. When I think about Heaven, I picture myself running to Jesus and hugging him. I can imagine asking a million questions and being so excited to get the heavenly tour. 

Now, all these words are coming only from me and my heart, so take it with a grain of salt or maybe, please think about it deeply for yourself, but what if when we get to Heaven, Jesus is the one who is running towards us, jumping up and down with joy? Imagine Jesus being the one who is happier to see our face up close and personal. We tend to make it all about us getting to Heaven so we can see Him, but really it is about Jesus. It is about what He did for us when He suffered, died and rose again. He went through hell on earth for us; because of this I can believe that He is passionately counting down the days when all His people will be home with Him, forever. I can envision it like completing an obstacle course. We have to climb walls, crawl through mud pits, delicately walk through sticky situations, balance ourselves through highs and lows, jump over hurdles and then sometimes we veer off the path. Jesus is there to guide, encourage, strengthen, refresh and save us. He gets us through the course of life. Then at the finish line, He is waiting with anticipation of receiving us into His arms. I believe there is a celebration for every soul who enters into Christ. There is so much discussion about us being in sin and deserving wrath which is true, but we also need to remember that we are made in God’s image. Focusing only on what sin has done and not what Jesus has done can cause us to lose sight of our worth to the Father. His inheritance is us being in a sinless form and having an eternal relationship with Him. 

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what is the wealth of His glorious inheritance in the saints…”

Ephesians 1:18

 Even while typing this, I am blown away in deep gratitude that God infinitely loves me so much. It is hard to wrap my head around the idea that God would call us His prized inheritance. We are His valued treasure! Steep your mind in that truth because He is amazingly generous to all of us. So, as you go about your week, remember to live in a way that honors the fact that you are a treasured inheritance of the Most High. God bless you!

Guest Writer: Cara