Thanksgiving for the Kingdom of God
Proper Rejoicing for the Kingdom – Part V
Scripture Reading: Luke 10:17-20
Key Verse: Luke 10:20
“However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
Let’s continue looking at the new earth that God will create for our eternity. The more we focus on all that Jesus went away to prepare, the more motivated we will be to live a life worthy of that glorious inheritance.
Can you imagine a place where no one will be more important or less important? This new earth will be like the Garden of Eden that Adam and Eve enjoyed before they caved to sin, except the evil one will not tempt us as they were.
Try to imagine a life where there is no time. Here is what the Apostle Peter says:
But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. (2 Peter 3:8)
The new heaven and new earth will be without lime limits. We will simply live forever a life without death, sorrow, or pain. We will not think about the length of a day because there will simply be one day with God as the provider of light that never dims.
That blows my mind, and I do not pretend to truly understand a life without time. I do not have to understand something to believe it and I look forward to my eternity there!
Even for first-century Christ-followers there were questions about why the Lord was not keeping His promise to send Jesus back to earth. The Apostle Peter addressed this:
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
Notice the phrase, “as some understand slowness”. We cannot help but think in terms of time, so we use these kinds of phrases. Someday we will not think in terms of slow or fast; we will simply exist with our Lord at the center of our world.
It is good news that God does not want anyone left out of the eternity He has prepared for us. God is patient with those who are not responding to His call upon their lives. God loves all people, wanting everyone to repent and live a lifestyle that Jesus models in the New Testament.
Father, I praise You for Your love and patience with our world. Help me to live in a way that is attractive to those around me. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.