This Life Or The Next?

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field.
When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy
went and sold all he had and bought that field.”
Matthew 3:44 (NIV)

C.S. Lewis once wisely said, “There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.” If only we believed this we might not fear going to heaven so much. All we do when leaving this life is to exchange the mud puddles of time for the ocean’s shores of eternity.

Our text today teaches us that if we lose all we have in this life for the sake of gaining the kingdom of heaven we are most blessed. The truth here is that the kingdom of God is far, far more wonderful than anything and all things this life can offer.

Why is it then that we sigh and lament the loss of some things in this life when we know our Lord and Saviour has marvels and joys indescribable ahead of us in glory? What are we saying when we become so upset at the loss of health or wealth when we will walk the streets of gold with the Lord? Was Paul wrong when he said in Romans 8:18 (NIV)

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing
with the glory that will be revealed in us. ”

Ought we not to be more attentive to the scriptural promises of heaven and less concerned with our suffering in this life? Thomas Watson put it well when he said, “Eternity to the godly is a day that has no sunset; eternity to the wicked is a night that has no sunrise.”

We need to be constantly focusing on our future if we wish to manage the disappointments and sorrows of this life. We are of little earthly good unless we are very heavenly minded.

Paul put it so well in Colossians 3:1- 4

“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.
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is your life, appears,
then you also will appear with him in glory.”

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