“God is extravagant.”
It was a simple yet remarkable observation for my friend about a television show we had just watch, extreme makeover: home edition. In this segment, design team remodeled the entire home of a large family in which both parents had recently died. When the children were brought in to see the changes, they burst into a combination of joyful shrieks in sobs. They were stunned by the other extravagance of such a gift.
In my life, when I’m stunned by gods extravagance I consider what the long tomorrow, as a W towels are labeled eternity, will be like. What stunning things does God have in store for those who believe? What will we do forever? In his book money, possessions and eternity, Randy Alcorn said, “we were made for a person in a place. Jesus is a person. Heaven is the place.”
The Bible is replete with images and suggestions of heavens reality. We know that eternal life will be centered on serving and worshiping God. Will feel perfectly at home. Will meet in converse with other beings in heaven. Will rest in feast, and at the same time, will also lied and make important decisions. Without the limitations of sin and death, we will be fully creative and joyful as we remain with God.
In the book of Jeremiah, we read that, I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give to every man according to his Waze, or according to the fruit of his doings.” We have received salvation as a free gift; beyond that, his spirit moves us to do the good works for which we were created-and for which we will be rewarded. The biblical authors mention work such as putting others needs ahead of our own, suffering for his sake, showing compassion to the needy, treating enemies kindly and giving generously. These work spread the gospel message. We accomplish them by using what he gives us daily end time and energy, money and possessions. Summer boards come in this life; the greater ones will come in heaven.
As Christians, we trust in a God we can’t yet see in a reality still to come. Heaven will be a remarkable existence, filled with the extravagance beyond our imagination. Evangelist deal Moody commented appropriately, “soon you’ll read in the newspaper that I am dead. Don’t believe it for a moment. I will be more live than ever before.”
My God and King, sometimes I see bits of glory here in this life, and it reminds me that You have a stunning surprise waiting for me. Help me to then live selflessly, generously with what You give me. My hope is in You.