Eternity– it’s forever– it’s infinite! There are many opinions that go along with Heaven being infinite. One is the hoax that it will be boring. As humans, we have a hard time imagining an infinite place not becoming dull and tiresome. Think about even the greatest things on this earth. Right now, they are beautiful and worth enjoying. Imagine that for a trillion years, and as great as those things are, it’d be torturous. When speaking on this issue, John Piper uses an imagery of a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Arranged perfectly with an array of colors, the flowers get complimented by a perfect vase and placed in the middle of the house where all can see them. But even this beautiful centerpiece will soon be thrown out because it cannot stand the test of time and withers away. Because of our experience with the things of earth, we tend to associate Heaven’s infinite aspect as boring. This is why Paul warns us in Colossians 3:2 to “set [our] minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (ESV). But what is it about Heaven that keeps its infiniteness from being boring? Glory.
We are finite; the glory of God is infinite! It takes an infinite amount of time– an eternity– for us to absorb the newness of the glory of God.
“It takes an infinite duration of time for a finite creature to see and taste and know and admire and enjoy all there is to see and taste and admire and enjoy of the glory of God.” – John Piper
In its very definition, if an amount were taken away from an infinite number, the number’s amount would not decrease. And so it is for the glory of God. If we absorb the glory of God one day, we are not any closer to absorbing the full glory of God than before. Because we are finite, we will never grasp the fullness of God. This is exciting!
Is Heaven worth it? Answer: a resounding YES! Glory is coming, and even now we are getting a taste of it from Christ’s dwelling inside of us. Let this motivate you to have an eager expectation and hope for your true, eternal home. One that will not shame you, which is what the Devil wants, but one that is overwhelmed by the peace and glorious riches of God.
“as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” – Philippians 1:20, 21 ESV
Until that day of great gain comes, live in light of what Christ did for us. Live a life of humility, a life of courage, a life of kindness, a life of meekness, a life of patience, a life of genuine faith, and a life of love.
“Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;” – 1 Peter 1:22, 23 ESV
Heaven will be repetitive in just one thing: the thrill of discovering something new of our Creator-God each day. Begin to see, taste, admire, and enjoy the glories of God today, and live in eager expectation of the glory ahead of you.
L.I.F.E. – – – Live Intently For Eternity
Life is not about living for ourselves, it is about living, earnestly, in light of what He did for us.