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THE ULTIMATE PRIZE

Posted by Brandon Patton on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 @ 9:14 AM

"I saw a new earth."

Revelation 21:1

On occasion I have heard people say that believers are "so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good". Upon close examination I have  found that to be untrue. I have yet to find someone that has seen the glory of heaven that it did not cause them to want to impact earth. However,  I have met a few believers that were so earthly minded that they were no heavenly good! We are often so concerned with helping to solve earth's problems and improving conditions for people on this planet that we forget that a patched up earth is not the goal. The ultimate destiny is a new earth. This earth was broken beyond repair in the fall of man. Life on this planet can only be a partial redemption of what our King originally planned. His Word reveals that His goal is "a new earth in which rightousness dwells". It is His command to see His Kingdom rule in this earth restoring what satan has destroyed. However, this also is not the ultimate prize. We are called "pilgrims" for a reason. This is a temporary dwelling on our way to our real home. I am enjoying myself greatly since Jesus took over ownership of my life and turned it around, however, something inside of me still longs for a the place that He created me for. "We groan inside waiting for our redemption". Our hearts have seen "a land that is fairer than day". Thats why they know there is more to come. The wonder of what we call heaven is beyond our capacity to envision. We trust Him with our eternity knowing that what He has planned will make our best day here look miserable by comparison. If you were to ask me if I believe that heaven really has gold streets, pearl gates and every color of the rainbow I would answer that heaven is best described in one word: Jesus. Heaven is where Jesus is without distraction. He is the glory and focus of our eternity. His love is the longing of our hearts. In prayer I have discovered that heaven is not so much what you see as it is what you feel at heart level. It is the baptism of God's great love, joy and peace all at once for eternity. Lets do all we can while we can to see the Kingdom come now. But don't ever lose sight that "this world in not my home, I'm just passing through". Keep one eye on the ultimate prize that He died to give to all who trust Him. I promise it will not make you "no earthly good". You will never be of more value to this earth and all that live on it than when you value eternity with Jesus above all else.  

Thank you Father for reminding me that we are on a journey to a new home. What it looks like isn't near as important to me as who will be there to greet me!

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