Preparing for Heaven
The few brief moments you live on earth will determine your responsibilities for all eternity. (Kent Crockett, Making Today Count for Eternity, Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001, p. 51)
Seeing Jesus Face-to-Face
When William Montague Dyke was ten years old, he was blinded in an accident. Despite his disability, William graduated from a university in
Not long before the wedding, William had eye surgery in the hope that the operation would restore his sight. If it failed, he would remain blind for the rest of his life. William insisted on keeping the bandages on his face until his wedding day. If the surgery was successful, he wanted the first person he saw to be his new bride.
The wedding day arrived. The many guestsóincluding royalty, cabinet members, and distinguished men and women of societyóassembled together to witness the exchange of vows. William's father, Sir William Hart Dyke, and the doctor who performed the surgery stood next to the groom, whose eyes were still covered with bandages. The organ trumpeted the wedding march, and the bride slowly walked down the aisle to the front of the church.
As soon as she arrived at the altar, the surgeon took a pair of scissors out of his pocket and cut the bandages from William's eyes.
Tension filled the room. The congregation of witnesses held their breath as they waited to find out if William could see the woman standing before him. As he stood face-to-face with his bride-to-be, Williamís words echoed throughout the cathedral, "You are more beautiful than I ever imagined!"One day the bandages that cover our eyes will be removed. When we stand face-to-face with Jesus Christ and see His face for the very first time, His glory will be far more splendid than anything we have ever imagined in this life. (Kent Crockett, Making Today Count for Eternity, Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001, pp. 101-102)
Rewards in Heaven
Imagine a WWII soldier, wounded while courageously rescuing his fellow soldiers. When he returned home, he was rewarded with the Medal of Honor for his service. What had motivated him to put his life in danger? He risked his life to save his friendsí lives and defend his countryís freedom. When his life was at stake in battle, he wasnít thinking Iím going to put my life in jeopardy so that I will receive a medal. The reward was simply the nationís way of showing appreciation for his heroic actions.In the same way, we serve God because we love Him and our fellow man. We donít serve for the reward, but for the Lord. ďWe have as our ambitionÖto be pleasing to HimĒ (2 Cor. 5:9). Rewards are simply Godís way of showing that He is pleased with our lives. He could have kept the truth about eternal rewards a big secret to be revealed to all on Judgment Day. Instead, He specifically told us some things we do now will be rewarded in the next life. (Kent Crockett, Making Today Count for Eternity, Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001, pp. 66-67)
Heavenly-MindedWe should be heavenly-minded in order to be of more earthly good. Jesus was the most heavenly-minded person to ever walk this planet, and He did more earthly good than anyone in history. (Kent Crockett, Making Today Count for Eternity, Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001, p. 67)
Desiring the Next World
"If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world." --C. S. Lewis
Rewarded for Changing DiapersThe Christian mother who changes her babyís diapers will be rewarded forever for performing that duty. Donít you believe that itís Godís will for a newborn to have clean diapers? Of course it is. After all, someone had to change Jesusí diapers, and Iím sure those swaddling clothes got a little messy at times. God was pleased when Mary put clean Pampers on her baby. That means changing diapers is doing Godís will, and anything that is the will of God has eternal significance. The greatest in Godís kingdom is the servant of all, and that includes serving infants. (Kent Crockett, Making Today Count for Eternity, Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001, p. 75)