How are you? Hope you had or are having a good day today?
Have you ever thought that the world we live in now or the life we live here now would be actually less real than the life in the spiritual realm?
Today, I would like to share the Scriptures that keep lingering in my heart these days.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16~18)”
Earlier this year, when I shared with a Christian friend of mine my faith toward Millennium and the destiny of many believers who would reign with Jesus, she said, “Well, I don’t care about reigning in the Millennium. I will be simply happy with ending up in Heaven.” I didn’t say further anything to her, but I pitied her in my heart, as I knew she had been vying for being on the top not only for herself, but for her kids in the temporary life here. I would rather pray that the Lord may open her spiritual eyes and she may vie for the eternal things.
Recently, I read Pastor Rick Joyner’s book “There Were Two Trees in The Garden” and I liked his insight about Jacob and Esau, Reuben and Joseph in one chapter, which starts with the verse, “I have loved Jacob; but I have hated Esau (Malachi 1:2~3)”
“Esau may have had a strong external character, but he was weak in spirit. He proved to be more concerned about the immediate gratification of his appetite than about his eternal inheritance in Christ. He traded his birthright as the firstborn of Isaac for a single bowl of stew! When we recognize what a profound affront this was to God and the value of His calling upon the chosen seed, we should be shocked. But we should be even more shocked when we understand just how prevalent this same nature is within most of us today.
In contrast to Esau, Jacob so highly valued the birthright that he risked his life to attain it. In many ways, he may have been more carnal than Esau, yet his heart burned for this spiritual inheritance. He was determined to obtain God’s blessing, even if he had to wrestle with God to get it (see Genesis 32:24-32).
Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn, had the same nature as his uncle Esau. He allowed his flesh to rob him of his inheritance when his carnal appetite drove him to defile his father’s bed. When Jacob blessed his sons before passing away, he only had a rebuke for Reuben.
Reuben, you are my first-born; my might and the beginning of my strength. Preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power. Uncontrolled as water, you shall not have preeminence, because you went up to your father’s bed (see Genesis 49:3-4).
Like Esau, Reuben may have been preeminent in dignity and power, but he was ruled by his flesh and it cost him dearly. The lack of self-control began in the Garden and is still today robbing many of their eternal inheritance in Christ.”
There Were Two Trees in the Garden (The Divine Destiny Series) (p. 57~58). MorningStar Publications, Inc, a division of MorningStar Fellowship Church. Kindle Edition.
And I like the late Pastor and Prophet Neville Johnson’s teaching from his experience with the Lord face to face. He encouraged the believers to fulfill their destinies, which is to conform to the image of Jesus and reign with Him in the age to come. From the experiences of his visitation to the 3rd heaven and spirit realm, he said something like this, “Going to the heaven is great. But our destiny is more than that.” And he talked about reigning in the age to come, as sons of God. I think the experiences of many saints like Neville Johnson who visited the heaven and shared the glimpse of it helped me a lot to understand what it would look like in the age to come. I believe having vision on the age to come is important, as the Scripture says, “Where there is no vision [no revelation of God and His word], the people are unrestrained; But happy and blessed is he who keeps the law [of God]. (Proverbs 29:18 Amplified Bible)”
You know one of the criminals who hung on a cross beside Jesus and asked Him to remember him? Jesus promised to him that he would be with Him in Paradise that day. Perhaps there would be many people that would be harvested in the last days, just like the criminal who was saved right before his death. But I wonder whether the criminal and the Apostle Paul would be in the same position in the Heaven. I know our Heavenly Father is always righteous and just and there is no flaw in His judgement. Definitely, salvation from the eternal hell is great, and we can be saved by His grace only, not by our works. But, the reward to each one of us in the heaven would be different, as our Heavenly Father is just. I heard some saints who visited the 3rd heaven say people would have different kinds of houses, clothes, locations of their living and so on, depending on their temporary life here, i.e. obedience. They even carry different lights in them.
If we live in this temporary life to obey His words and love Him, humbling ourselves and setting our hearts onto the eternity, we will inherit what our Father wanted to give us. Maybe some of Christians or unbelievers would continue to get away with murder in this life but be saved one minute before their death. But they might not inherit what was once meant for them, just like the first generation of Israelites who ended their lives in the wilderness, not tasting the Promised Land, except Joshua and Caleb. And it was not God’s intention. He wanted all the Israelites to cross over the Jordan river and conquer the Promised Land!
Our inheritance is not just ending up with living in the Heaven. We’re meant to have the image of Jesus and truly become sons of God, as the co-heirs with Jesus. With His character and love in us, we will reign in the age to come. But, if you say, “I don’t care of my inheritance in Millennium. I would care less about reigning in the eternity. I will do what I think is right to do now!” don’t you think you sound like Esau who traded his birthright for a bowl of soup?
Friend, I would like to encourage us to have courage to cross the Jordan river to get to the Promised Land. There is an eternal inheritance in that Land. The wilderness, the life here is temporary. We might be misunderstood here, or we might not receive any reward here in this life, even when we humble ourselves and serve and love others. But we set our hearts on Jesus and the age to come. I believe the life in the eternity will be more real than the temporary life here. May He continue to give us hope and open our eyes to the spirit realm in Jesus’ name!
Have a bliss!
Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being Christlike] or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on so that I may take hold of that [perfection] for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12~14 Amplified Bible)