“Now if we are children, then we are heirs—
heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ,
if indeed we share in his sufferings
in order that we may also share in his glory.”
Romans 8:17 (NIV)
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
Colossians 3:1-2 (NIV)
I have been told I am a good listener by various friends. I confess that I do enjoy listening to people talk and tell me about their lives, loves, ambitions, and views of things. I do not need to agree with the person talking to enjoy hearing of their beliefs and so on. I have been programmed by my Creator to be fascinated with people and their stories.
Sometimes people will reveal more of themselves than they intend to. For example, if they talk on and on about their earthly possessions, you may fairly judge them not to be Christians. They have never learned the language of heaven. Their hearts are set on earthly things (Philippians 3:19). Their real treasure is what they can get in this life. They have not found the great treasure of Christ.
Jesus spoke strong words of warning in Luke 12:15 (NIV)
“Then he said to them, ‘Watch out!
Be on your guard against all kinds of greed;
life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.’”
Certainly those who have money as their god will not be able to stand in the day of judgment. Only those who have Jesus Christ as their great treasure will find that they are welcome into God’s eternal kingdom.
The city of God—coming at the end of time—has things of such beauty to the eyes that those who see them will be lost in wonder love and praise to God (1 Corinthians 2:9). The music of heaven is vastly more glorious that the best of Handel’s music composed in this life. The food in heaven is far more tempting to the eye and to the taste than anything we have ever eaten in this world. And the sight of Jesus Christ—the centrepiece of heaven—will astound us, and fill us with a holy fear and a trembling joy. No one in this life has ever had an inheritance as fabulous as that which awaits every child of God.
Are you part of that great company of people whose treasure is yet to be received? Do you think much about the life to come? What is it you most enjoy discussing with your friends? Would you be hesitant to give up all you possess in this life in order to have Jesus? Answer these questions and you will tell us if you are a Christian or not.
Learn to say with the Psalmist in Psalm 73:25 (NIV)
“Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.”