Living in The Good and the Betterby Bayou Reformed on 12/30/15
Table Talk republished a devotional from R.C. Sproul on the nature of Heaven, better than the best we can imagine.
His text is from Philippians: For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.” - Philippians 1:21–23
In today’s passage, we see that the Apostle knew and looked
forward to the blessed hope of heaven. There is a tension in Paul’s
mind evident in this text. Although he enjoyed his fellowship with the Philippian Christians and saw the necessity of remaining on earth
to teach them more, his true desire was to see Jesus. Paul under-
stood that heaven is far better than the best this world has to offer.
Sproul shows us that regardless of how good this life is for you, the life in heaven is going to be even better. Even so, we must remember that the time given us here is from the Sovereign God whose Word tells us that "It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment." Hebrews 9:27 ESV You are to live according to the time God has appointed for you.
Nevertheless, we are to look forward to that time standing before God in his heaven. Sproul continues, "We must take special care that we do not forget that as good as our lives can be now, life in God’s unmediated presence is far better."
Wow! Have you ever heard it expressed in that manner? His children will live forever in his unmediated presence...Soli Deo Gloria!