Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts—no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep.” He was telling them that as they went about doing Kingdom work, He was all they needed. Jesus is our Provider and Giver. He sustains life. And as we’ve seen so far in our journey, Jesus has given us gifts that are more valuable than anything we will ever find in this world. Gold and silver. Don’t need them. Extra things? No. Just Jesus.
The next token that we pull from our gift bag that Jesus gives us has the word HEAVEN engraved on it. Jesus said, “The righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” (Matt. 13:43) God made us in his image and filled us with the hope of eternal life. This world is not the end. Our Savior is truthful and has promised us that one day we will be in the Father’s kingdom! Turning the coin over and over, we think about how life-changing this gift of Heaven really is for us while we are still on earth.
Heaven is a place of worship. We will one day join all of God’s children in worshipping the One who breathed life into us. Heaven is a place of endless treasure and blessing. The wonderful thing is that the Lord allows us to experience and see a piece of heaven here on earth. “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” (Malachi 3:10) Heaven is complete freedom from the effects of sin. “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” (Matthew 6:20) No more death. No more decay.
The gift of Heaven also plants hope in our hearts, because our forever home is not here on earth, but with God. Paul encouraged the believers in Corinth regarding this truth: “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.” (2 Corinthians 5:1) Jesus tells us that the Father’s house has many rooms and the He has gone ahead and prepared a place for us. (John 14:2,3) And, better still, He will come back and take us there!
Heaven is eternal Paradise where we will forever worship the King of Kings! At the end of Revelation, John records how he had fallen down to worship at the feet of an angel. The angel replied, “Do not do it! I am a fellows servant with you and your brothers the prophets and of all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!” (22:8,9) The amazing gift of heaven that is to come, helps us focus on what is truly important. Namely, worshipping the King. Let’s pause and think about all the ways the Lord has blessed and thank Him with lifted hands. Our gift of Heaven reminds us that our hands are also raised because Jesus has freed us fom sin’s chains. Heaven also rains down hope as we eagerly wait for our Savior’s return.
Thank you Jesus for giving your life on the cross, so that we may be able to be in heaven with you forever. We love you, Lord!