Heaven and the character of God

Heaven“However, as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’- the things God has prepared for those who love Him.”      1 Cor. 2:9 (NIV)

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There is a final motivation for us to follow Christ…our eternal reward in heaven. Today’s verse reminds us that we cannot imagine what that reward looks like. Heaven is literally beyond our imagination.

There is a danger here…we could fall into the trap of being motivated solely by self-serving desires of eternal reward. Instead we should recognize that 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 love and sacrifice?

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 counter it by looking once again at our motivations. The Lord has given us many potential motivations for following Him…love, gratitude, reward, identity, purpose, hope and longing for Him. 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.

Consider which motivators are most meaningful to you so that you can remind yourself of why you want to follow after Christ in those times of distraction.

Prayer: Lord show me if my love for You is beginning to wane, and help me rediscover the reasons I should pursue You!

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