WE SHOULD PRAISE AND WORSHIP..

  • Read Revelation 4:1-11. What surprises you about this heavenly scene?

Sometimes believers are guilty of having a worldly concept of worship—mainly that it is boring. But heavenly worship will be more exciting than we can imagine.

When you have a chance to worship the Lord, give Him your full attention. Express your devotion and admiration to Him. You’ll most likely get a taste of how wonderful praise will be in eternity.

  • Consider how you worship. Which do you resemble more, a participant or a spectator?
  • Write a prayer, asking the Lord to let you experience more joy in worshipping Him.

We will glorify God.

Is this just another way to say that believers will praise God in heaven? No. According to “Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology”, “glorification” involves first the Christian’s moral perfection, in which the believer is made holy and blameless. Second, the body is made glorious—immortal, imperishable, powerful, and spiritual. Third, glorification includes the Christian’s participation in the kingdom of God, even to the point of reigning with Him. Finally, believers partake of the Lord’s glory (2 Thess. 2:14; 1 Peter 5:10).

On earth, our ability to radiate the indwelling presence of God is limited by our sins and spiritual immaturity. In heaven, those obstacles will be removed. We will shine with all the radiance, beauty, glory, and majesty of the living God.

  • Why will our inner character be like Christ (1 John 3:2)?
  • How does Matthew 13:43 describe glorified believers?

We will never fully resemble Jesus this side of heaven. But we should be growing more and more Christ-like as we mature.

We will serve God.

Our Father made us to create, achieve, and serve. In eternity, we’ll be engaged in God-ordained assignments. Before you picture yourself toiling away in misery, remember that work doesn’t have to be tedious, frustrating, or boring.

In the Garden of Eden, God gave man a task (Gen. 2:15). Adam’s job of cultivating the garden was pleasant. But when man sinned, a curse fell on the earth.

  • What did the curse include, according to Genesis 3:17-19?
  • What implication does this have regarding work?
  • What does this verse reveal about the good deeds God calls us to do?
  • How does this knowledge impact the way you think about serving Him each day?
  • Describe the life of believers in eternity, according to Revelation 5:9-10.
  • What two groups will believers judge (1 Cor. 6: 1-3)?
  • Read Luke 19:16-17. How is the faithful servant rewarded in this passage?
  • How does one earn the right to “govern” in eternity (Matt. 25:23)?
  • What has the Lord called you to do with your life?
  • Does it encourage you to know a reward awaits you for faithfully completing God’s assignments? Why or why not?

In describing our eternal home, Revelation 22:3 says, “There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him.”

The way we prepare for serving God in heaven is by serving Him now. Together with church attendance, giving, and prayer, service is an important expression of our devotion to the Lord.

Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

If you are unsure about how God wants you to serve, pray about it. Each morning, ask Him to guide you into the good deeds He’s prepared for you.

We will reign with God.

You already know that we won’t be idle in heaven. Does it surprise you to know we will rule with the Lord?

It’s not clear from Scripture what our reign will include. But the level of responsibility given to us will be proportional to how faithfully we serve while on earth.

Remember the parable about a master who entrusted money to three servants? The money symbolized a person’s time, talents, and other possessions. According to how each servant invested the money, he was rewarded or punished (Luke 19:11-27).

Closing: Heaven will be far more exciting than we can imagine. In this brief study, we haven’t been able to address everything God’s Word says about it. So, as you read your Bible, particularly Revelation 4-5 and 21-22, watch for descriptions of our eternal home. 

Prayer: Father, thank You for the amazing glimpses of heaven You gave us in Your Word. Help us remember this world is not our eternal home. We want to be faithful, obedient stewards, fulfilling Your calling on our lives. Amen.

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GOD GETS THE GLORY…

Proverbs 27:2 gives us very wise words of advice,

Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth.

There are so many people, including Christians, who think God cannot get along without them.  They think they are the reason they experience so much success.

It has been said that a man wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package.

When God grants you success and blesses you, you have to remain humble if you are going to retain your usefulness to God.  The Scripture says pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.

There are plenty of men and women who at one time or another were on top, but today are on the bottom.  I know examples inside and outside ministry.  One story in particular comes to mind when I think of this principle.

There was a minister who once said, while making a plea for money, “No one is doing what we’re doing throughout the world, and God needs us to carry on this work.  The world cannot be reached without our ministry.”

Granted, he was doing an incredible work in a lot of different countries.  But the moment he said, “God can’t get along without me,” I thought of Humpty Dumpty.  I just thought, “Oh, no!  Oh, no!  Oh, no!”  I knew he was headed for a fall!

And you know what?  That man is no longer in the position of prominence that he once was.  And God seems to have gotten along fine without him.

Do not sing your own praises.  Let others congratulate you if they will, but at the end of the day offer those praises to the One who really deserves it—the Lord. 

IT’S GODS JOB…..

Philippians 2:8-11 shows us how humility precedes honor,

And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.  Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 

If God’s good pleasure and His plan are to be worked out in our lives, we must walk in humility.  It is a prerequisite for us to pass the test of humility.  As we see here, because Jesus humbled Himself, God highly exalted Him.  And at that point, no demon in hell could do a thing to prevent it.

When God promotes you, no person, no demon, no ungodly system can hold you back.  God’s exalting power is irresistible.  It is undeniable, and it is undefeatable.

But a humble heart must come first.  It has been said that no man stands taller than when he is on his knees before God.  Let us humble ourselves and be obedient to God in every area of our lives.  If we will lower ourselves, God will lift us.  God’s job is to exalt us, and our job is to humble ourselves.  If we try to do God’s job for Him, He will have to do our job for us. 

OUR LIVES ARE MAPPED OUT…

One of the great truths revealed in Scripture is that the end is determined from the beginning.  What I mean by that is God sees the end from the beginning.  He already has a plan for you.  He has already got the whole thing worked out.

Consider what God told Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:5,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you;  I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

Before Jeremiah was ever born, God had his destiny, a plan for his life, all worked out.  That truth applies to you and me, and that helps me rest at night.  It is great to know I do not have to figure this whole thing out.  Sometimes we see through a glass darkly.  But you know what?  God sees everything perfectly.

This same truth is echoed in Ephesians 1:4,

Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.

Did you know you were chosen before God laid the foundation for this world?  That was a long time ago.  God knew you before you ever existed. He knew you before the world was here. You were chosen in Him.  You were not an accident. God knew you.

Again, this truth is affirmed in Ephesians 2:10,

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

The beforehand is before the foundation of the world. Just like God knew you, He prepared specific good works for you that you should walk in them long before you ever came into existence.

He has your life mapped out. What a great comfort! 

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ASK GOD WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR RESOURCES…

Luke 12:16-21,

Then He spoke a parable to them, saying:  “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.  And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’  So he said, ‘I will do this:  I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods.  And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”‘  But God said to him, ‘Fool!  This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’  So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

Take a look at the few words that this man spoke.  In his short declaration, he uses the word I six times and the word my five times!

His perspective was a very selfish one.

Here are a few questions to ponder:

·        Who gave the rain that made his crops grow? 
·        Who made the soil out of which his crops grew? 
·        Who made the seed he planted? 
·        Who caused the sun to shine? 
·        Who gave him the physical strength to work the field? 
·        Who gave him his soul?  

The answer to all of those is God. Yet he makes no acknowledgement of God in his speech, planning, or giving.  He should have been thanking God for all His blessings and asking the Lord what He wanted done with His things.

Be faithful to acknowledge God and to ask Him what to do with His resources over which you are a steward.

PROPER FOCUS..

Read Luke 12:16-21,

Then He spoke a parable to them, saying:  “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.  And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’  So he said, ‘I will do this:  I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods.  And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”‘  But God said to him, ‘Fool!  This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’  So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

This parable really helps us bring life into the right perspective.  The rich man in this story failed to do three things. 

  • He failed to realize that he was only a steward and not the owner of his goods.
  • He failed to have an eternal perspective.
  • He failed to consider how brief this earthly life can be.

How did he fail in these three areas?  By not understanding just how short life is and where to place his focus.

He talked about building barns but instead he had a burial.

He said he had many years but God said “this night.”

He thought he was wise, but God said he was a fool.

Let’s learn from his mistakes and bring our life into proper focus. 

WELL DONE FAITHFUL SERVANT…

 1 Corinthians 3:11-15

Each Christian will one day come before the judgment seat of Christ and will be evaluated for their Christian walk. This is when God will look at our stewardship, at our use of time, talents, and treasures. He will evaluate us not to determine our entrance to heaven—that has already been given through Christ’s finished work on the cross—but to determine our reward in heaven.

As we reconsider the parable of the three stewards in Matthew 25, let us first remember the issue of responsibility in stewardship. The three servants did not own the possessions they took care of; those things belonged to the master. None of the slaves could claim ownership of anything they had. In the same way, everything we have, are, or ever will be belongs to God.

We must also remember the issue of accountability. After time had passed, the master came back to see what the slaves had done with his money. We will all one day answer for the use of our resources. To the servants who invested wisely, the master gave public praise and more treasures (vv. 21, 23), but to the servant who buried his talent in the ground, he gave a tongue-lashing (v. 26). Each one got the reward he was due.

How can we prepare for the day when we will answer for the use of our time, talents, and treasures? Start rewriting our obituaries now! We can’t change the past, but we can change tomorrow. Begin reorganizing your life to reflect your changed priorities.

 

Live so that at His judgment seat, God will say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

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