Heaven is Ours
Romans 8:32 NKJV
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”
Luke 15:31 NKJV
“And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.’”
I wonder how many of us live with an attitude of that of the older brother in the story of the prodigal son. It is interesting that in a cluster of stories about how the Lord will go after the lost sinners above everyone else, he includes this story about the reaction of the older brother to the father’s joyful reception of the ungrateful, squandering younger brother. The son has wasted half of his father’s estate and savings on ‘nothings’, yet his father throws a sumptuous party on his return. This is symbolic of the sinner, who wastes his life away from God. The older son is like the Christian who spends his days on earth, taking up the cross and losing his life for the sake of building the kingdom. He feels that nothing has been given to him. He hasn’t been living it up. He hasn’t been partying. He has been toiling and investing all his effort in building. If that is you, the Lord is saying, ‘don’t compare! Don’t you know that all I have is yours!’ Heaven is yours and when the earth is finally restored, that too. Though, maybe you have not been using what is yours, it is all available. He will freely give you all things when you need them. Sometimes I feel like we live our lives with our spiritual eyes closed. We don’t realize the gifts and the graces that have been given to us with continual access.
I was recently talking to a friend, who owns a company built by her father. I joked with her once and asked if she got a good wage. Her response surprised me. She told me that the wage didn’t matter whether it was big or not because the company was hers in the end. It’s a bit like that for us believers on earth. Heaven is ours; it is up to us to understand that. It is up to us to grasp much has been given and begin to use those privileges now on earth. If he has given us His Son, he will freely give us all else we need.
God bless you,