Posts Tagged ‘eternal treasures’

Being Heavenly Minded Produces More Earthly Good

April 1, 2008

I have discovered some interesting insights while reading Joni Earekson’s book about Heaven.  She talks about the fact that it is a myth that some people can be “too heavenly minded to be of any earthly good”.  She goes on to say that in actual fact the opposite is true.  For instance here are some results when a Christian begins to realise that their citizenship is in heaven:-

  • They begin acting as a responsible citizen of earth
  • They invest wisely in relationships because they know they’re eternal
  • Their conversations, goals and motives become pure and honest since they realise these will have a bearing on everlasting reward
  • They give generously of time, money and talents because they are laying up treasures for eternity
  • They spread the good news of Christ since they long to fill heaven’s ranks with their friends and neighbours.

Joni, in her book presents a short exercise which helps to illustrate these points.  It goes as follows:-

1.  List three people famous or known to you ,  who are doing good in this world

2.  List three people who appear to be doing evil

Tick the list containing the people who you believe to have the greatest regard for heaven.

Time in Heaven

In our modern age it seems that everyone leads a very busy life.  For some there never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything done.  In business,  it is often said that “time is money” –  it cannot be replaced or retrieved so it is important not to waste it.  Since our  lives on this earth are finite,  there is also an urgency to achieve goals or succeed by a certain time  before “time runs out” .  Some activities are seen as a “race against time”.

However through reading Joni’s book on heaven,  I realised that we probably won’t have this problem in heaven, because we will have entered God’s Time Zone of “Eternal Life”.  Time will go on forever.  Our  life span will no longer be a set number of years where we feel compelled to accomplish things in a hurry before we die…. because there will be no more death.  

In Philippians 3: 20-21 it says ” we eagerly await a Savior from there (heaven),  the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body”.

It is not stated specifically what our new bodies will look like, however if it is like Jesus’ body we will still have hands arms feet and legs and have substance like Jesus’ resurrected body .  We won’t just be spirit beings floating around because Jesus is not just a spirit but has a physical body.

It could be implied then, that since we will be given the gift of eternal life and hence live forever in our new bodies….  our bodies will no longer deteriorate,  become ill or even age any more. We will be given the gift of eternal youth!   which is what many people often hanker after here on earth.  (No more anti aging creams needed in heaven). 

Because we will be living in the time zone of eternity, time will no longer be our enemy.  God may give us certain jobs or activities to do within a certain time frame but in another sense we will have all the time in the world.  This is so since there will be no more death, decay,  growing old or  death any longer.  Instead we will live with Jesus forever and possess an infinite eternity’s worth of time.  That would be certainly something to look forward to don’t you think?

By Adelle Arwen
Gospel Singer Songwriter & Recording Artist