Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.Matthew 6:19-21Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.Revelation 3:20
Those whose treasure on earth is God himself, when they arrive in heaven, will not anticipate the lavishing of external things. They will not stand in heaven and await some external reward, as if God were going to give them more loot and booty to enjoy, like our Christmases. Instead, those whose treasure on earth is God himself, upon standing before the throne of God awaiting their will reward, will request nothing more than to have more of God himself. They will not cry out for a greater position in heaven, they will not cry out for more possessions or a greater plot of land in the kingdom. Instead, they will cry to God for him to divulge himself to them and cease to relent until he does so. The greatest blessing and gift they desire is the outpouring of God himself into their hearts and being overwhelmed with the gift of himself. They will say, “If i may but have a greater capacity to enjoy you, to look upon you in your holiness and beauty, to have the sides of my heart pressed outward so that there may be more space to receive you.”
In heaven, this will be poured out through the gift of His Son and yet still mediated by the Spirit of God. On this earth our experience of God’s Son mediated by the Spirit is often hidden to our eyes or is a scarce experience. It is not as if upon entering heaven’s courts that the presence of the indwelling Spirit will depart now that we look upon Christ with our own eyes. Nor will Christ himself cease to be the object we look upon in heaven as if the Father now was the central object alone that our gaze is fixed upon. The presence of the Spirit will be released in a dimension that cannot be fathomed or grasped in this age. The release and outpouring of the Spirit that will come when we enter through heaven’s gates will open our eyes to the Lamb that was slain, and in that moment we will stand in utter amazement as we behold the Lamb of God, seeing the wounds that bought us are still present upon his flesh. The Spirit will grant us to see Christ, and it is in and through Jesus Christ that we will see our God and Father because Christ is himself the “image of the invisible God” in whom “the fulness of deity dwells”.
This is the request that will fall from the lips of those who have entered courts, to taste nothing else but the beauty, glory and holiness of God and to have their hearts enlarged to do so.
To think that any upon this earth who do not now delight in God will for a moment enjoy the place of heaven is such an absurd notion and has yet to understand heaven’s true prize. If one has no capacity upon the earth to enjoy and delight in God, then heaven will be hell to such a person. They would enter into the place where there is no light in the sky “because the glory of God gives it light”, where the centerpiece is the throne of God where he sits and is worshipped. Any man who cannot delight in such a place now would find such a place to be a repulsive, hellish torment. God’s unabated holy presence will be the most abhorrent thing to such a person. Even in their present experience on earth it is still an abhorrent thing. Humanity flees, as if it were a flock of great birds, from God’s presence and holiness even now, what would cause one to think that they could at any chance enjoy such a place as heaven?
Many Christians will be shocked at the place of heaven’s when they arrive. They will not be raptured with its beautiful streets, its wonderful walls, its clear streams and fruitful trees. All such things, though beautiful they may be, will only be the pathways through which they travel to arrive at the throne to worship and to be filled. They will realize that the notion they entertained of heaven being a place of gaiety, conversing with old friends and honored saints, of sportiveness and humor, though such things will occur, that this is not what heaven’s great prize is. All believers will see with what great insufficiency they loved and devoted themselves to God on earth. They will see that every moment upon the earth was often spent in delight of things apart from God. They will see that it has truly been the grace of God and grace alone that has sustained them to reach heaven’s shore, for on account of their paltry devotion given to God on earth they should have been cast into hell, but God, by his grace, sustained them and made them grow.
And it will be that when walking through those gates we will not turn our face to our brothers and sisters, or stare upon the walls as if they were the location of joy, but we will run unashamed until we reach the throne, and there we will cast ourselves down before God in joy. And there, with our brothers and sisters we will rejoice, there with the honored saints we will sing, there we will look with our eyes and see rightly the world that God has created and see that it is good, and there we will see by his creation how truly good our God is. And we will want nothing more than for God himself to “come in to us eat with us”
Heaven stands as a place of boundless joy in God himself, what does this remark of our present time on earth?