Thursday, February 7, 2008

Our Hope in Heaven

"The hope which is laid up for you in heaven."
— Colossians 1:5

by C. H. Spurgeon

Our hope in Christ for the future is the mainspring and the mainstay of our joy here. It will animate our hearts to think often of heaven, for all that we can desire is promised there. Here we are weary and toilworn, but yonder is the land of rest where the sweat of labour shall no more bedew the worker’s brow, and fatigue shall be for ever banished. To those who are weary and spent, the word "rest" is full of heaven. We are always in the field of battle; we are so tempted within, and so molested by foes without, that we have little or no peace; but in heaven we shall enjoy the victory, when the banner shall be waved aloft in triumph, and the sword shall be sheathed, and we shall hear our Captain say, "Well done, good and faithful servant." We have suffered bereavement after bereavement, but we are going to the land of the immortal where graves are unknown things. Here sin is a constant grief to us, but there we shall be perfectly holy, for there shall by no means enter into that kingdom anything which defileth. Hemlock springs not up in the furrows of celestial fields. Oh! is it not joy, that you are not to be in banishment for ever, that you are not to dwell eternally in this wilderness, but shall soon inherit Canaan? Nevertheless let it never be said of us, that we are dreaming about the future and forgetting the present, let the future sanctify the present to highest uses. Through the Spirit of God the hope of heaven is the most potent force for the product of virtue; it is a fountain of joyous effort, it is the corner stone of cheerful holiness. The man who has this hope in him goes about his work with vigour, for the joy of the Lord is his strength. He fights against temptation with ardour, for the hope of the next world repels the fiery darts of the adversary. He can labour without present reward, for he looks for a reward in the world to come.

Praise God for the hope of Heaven! May we press on to victory! May our hope of Heaven continue to sanctify us!

1 Cor. 15:55-58 - 55O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Bro. Pat

3 comments:

Mark Swan said...

Praying fervently for God to "sanctify the present" that it may produce virtue!
Thanking God for being merciful to Mark & I (and the kids) in taking him so quickly and not having him suffer.
"Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, it is well with my soul."
I have experienced peace like a river. Praise God!
Angi

Patrick Eaks said...

Amen Sister Angi,
I praise God for the peace that passeth ALL understanding! The Lord Jesus Christ is faithful to complete the work he has started.
Worthy is the Lamb!
Bro. Pat

zacswan said...

Amen, and amen.
Thank the Lord for the hope of heaven and His soon return!
Some days it is the only thing that gets me through.
The 'treasures' we have on the other side are worth far more than anything on this earth.
Praise His name.
Zac