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Heaven is so real

It’s amazing how God is so interested in every area of our lives and how he really wants us to be “mature and complete” – lacking in nothing.

The context of this phrase is of course related to James chapter 1 which talks about counting it pure joy when we face trials and tribulations of many kinds, knowing that the testing of our faith is good.

In my life I’ve been struggling with a few areas in particular. One of them is proper time management and allocation of energy and prioritization. I am very fortunate – because – in general, whatever I have asked from God he has given me without fail. Now I am not talking about superfluous things, such as a speedboat or a quick trip to Cannes, which I would like by-the-way.

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I’m talking more about the things we cannot see – like wisdom, patience, kindness, etc. Not that I am flourishing in every single one of them, but when the Holy Spirit has identified a lacking in one area, I am of the type of person to say: “Okay Lord – let’s fix that area”.


"Because when we think about it – what kind of people do you think God would like to be with him in heaven?"


 

So, in the area of time management, the Lord has been very gracious. He gave me an opportunity to plan my own time in an environment where I could do whatever I wanted to. Where, quite literally, it was my time if we could say such a thing. Now God would like us to pass immediately – but human nature had it that I failed (thinking about Egypt – 11 days vs 40 years). And so, in this failure, God gave me a new space – where now I have to account for my time and prioritize and show where and how best to expend my energy. I love this about God. Because he knows me so personally and so well. He knows that I love to learn from Him and am willing to learn. And he knows that I want to be called “mature and complete – lacking in nothing”.


"... it was never about the light bulb – but the character he needed in order to be the one to create the light bulb"


 

http://revdmarkstevens.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/jobs-in-heaven.jpegBecause when we think about it – what kind of people do you think God would like to be with him in heaven? I would think, if I were God, I’d want people who know themselves, have come through the fire, love deeply, have truly lived the fruits of the Spirit, and have been found approved, so that when we have a chat about this and that then we’re both on the same level. So that the person coming into my heaven basically knows the ropes so I don’t have to send him on more training – because that’s what life was for. And it’s not that God can’t be on any level. That’s not what this is about – it’s about getting to my best person I can possibly be.


" ... we will be sharers and doers of the work that is to be done in His perfect kingdom"


 

Like Thomas Edison, who tried 999 times to get-it-right and on the 1,000th time the light bulb finally shone – literally. Because through every iteration of failure he learned something more about himself to deal with – because it was never about the light bulb – but the character he needed in order to be the one to create the light bulb. And at that point I reckon God said: “Son, I would’ve accepted you into my heaven even if you didn’t create the light bulb, but now that you have – the world is your oyster – have a blast!”

So, don’t think that the lessons in time management, in patience, in learning how to budget, in stewardship, in self-control, in being a great musician, a great writer, a great scientist, a great tennis player, etc etc etc, is just for this life. No, by far it is for the life we will spend with God in eternity where we will be sharers and doers of the work that is to be done in His perfect kingdom with our perfect, mature, and complete selves. Heaven indeed! 

(I was inspired to write this after listening to a radio broadcast of Focus on the Family about the subject of heaven. It got me thinking about my own life and how I can count my trials as blessings.)

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