As I conclude this series discussing our various motivations for pursuing Christ, today’s verse reminds us that we cannot imagine what lies ahead in heaven. We could spend days dreaming about the wonders of heaven and still fall short of the reality.
Paul tells us that heaven is literally outside our imagination.
The beauty of heaven and the quality of our eternity there is beyond what we can conceive.
This doesn’t mean that a major motivation for following God should be to get to heaven.
The beauty and majesty of what awaits us in heaven is a reflection of the Creator Himself. It is a reflection of His love and care for us, and His desire to share His beauty and wonders with us.
Heaven is a reflection of the character of God.
The willingness of the Father to send His son to die for us is a reflection of the character of God.
The willingness of Jesus to sacrifice Himself to a horrific death on the cross for us is a reflection of the character of God.
It is the character of God that should motivate us to pursue Him.
How can we ignore such character?
How can we allow ourselves to become so focused on the world and our place in it that we ignore the love, grace and mercies of God?
Yet we do…
When we find this happening in our hearts, we can reverse that trend by employing the other motivators of fear of the Lord, love, gratitude, rewards, identity, purpose, hope, and longing for God.
Some motivators will work better for us than others. That’s why God has given us a variety to draw from. He knows that we need multiple motivators to keep us following after Him and not wandering away.
Spend some time this weekend reflecting on all that the Lord has done for you and how you can make better use of the motivators God has given you to help you pursue Him.
Prayer: Lord show me where I fail to love You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength.