Week of Dec. 1
A Vision of Heaven Do you ever feel frustrated that things are not going the way they should? Do you get uptight because things seem to be out of control?
Take heart, because you are not supposed to be in control. You are not on the throne—God is. His throne is the place of authority and the center of His rule for the activities of heaven. Jesus Christ, who is glorified and magnified, sits at the right hand of the throne.
One day we will be with Christ in heaven, praising Him. Peter writes:
You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9).
Do you ever wonder what heaven is like? We can try to imagine it based on our earthly ideas. When we think of the grandest place on earth, we might imagine a palace or the sanctuary of the most architecturally elaborate cathedral ever built. We might even think of the private home of the wealthiest person on earth. No matter what we may try to compare heaven to, until we see it for ourselves we will not be able to grasp the scope of its magnificence.
When we see the splendor of heaven, we are going to fall on our faces. We are going to comprehend our complete unworthiness. We are going to regret our stubbornness, disobedience, and self-centeredness.
As you go about your daily routine and you feel tired, frustrated, and out of control, think about heaven. Remember that you are a member of God’s royal priesthood, chosen by Him.
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth (Revelation 5:10).
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