“Your reward is great.” What do we understand by the word “great”? Enormous. Massive. Good to the “nth” degree! So very, very good that, if you could grasp it, you truly would leap up in the air for joy!
God does not exaggerate. If anything, He understates, as we have discussed here. Your eternal reward is that good. So good, in fact, that it’s worth getting truly joyful over now. That’s what Jesus is saying here. And He also doesn’t lie. He is entirely incapable of lying. So if He says it’s that good, it really is that good. If He says it’s worth getting uber happy about right now, it really is!
So try this with me. Take an extended moment and imagine the most beautiful life you can. Put some thought into it. What is the most luxurious house you could think up? What places would you like to travel to? Who would you travel with? What pastimes would you love to engage in for unlimited hours and days and weeks? What new, expensive experiences would be a dream come true for you? What lush articles of clothing would you delight to wear daily? What delicacies would you relish, if you could eat without limit and without worry for calorie intake? What art and beauty would you surround yourself with? What live music would you want to listen to in copious amounts? What emotions of happiness, peace, and belonging do you long to enjoy without interruption?
And… even more than all of the above… what kind of intimacy with God are you craving?
Did you take some time to stretch your imagination to the limit with each of those questions? Okay, good. You have not even begun to imagine how good heaven is. All of your imagining is only the tiniest drop out of heaven’s ocean.
It’s going to be Ephesians 3:20 better than that. Infinitely better.
Rejoice and leap for joy!
How often do you think about heaven? Have you asked God to fill your heart with the hope of it, to make it real to you instead of just a theoretical, far-away concept?