Heaven is the place of reward. It is the winner-takes-all spoil of a single Warrior. My sin made me the enemy of that willing Warrior, but His victory over sin and death secured my future as a citizen of heaven.
“The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven” (Psalm 11:4). Asaph asks, “Whom have I in heaven but thee . . . God is the strength of my heart” (Psalm 73:25–26). “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89). “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you . . . Rejoice and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven” (Matthew 5:11–12). Paul wrote to the Colossians about “the hope which is laid up for you in heaven” (Colossians 1:5). “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout . . . and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thessalonians 4:16–17). “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth. . . . And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven” (Revelation 21:1–2).
GOLDEN THOUGHT: Great is your reward in heaven.
[Excerpt adapted from Wonderful Words by Stewart Custer (April 13 reading).]