This is part three of a four part series leading up to the next “INTERSECTION” service on 2nd September. These four blogs will be related to this month’s topic which is called “What comes next?: Exploring Heaven, Hell, and everything in between.” For more information on Intersection, visit the Shore Vineyards website here
What awaits you in heaven?
Popular ideas might tell of a great inheritance. A golden room with a giant television. Maybe you will have golden threaded robes and silk shoelaces. Oh and top it off you will get a crown with, like, a bajillion awesome jewels! The streets are also made of gold and there are piles of money everywhere. TREASURE! Yes!
I have even heard people who have supposedly had prophetic visions of heaven, and they describe this exact place – a place where everything is made of Gold and platinum and silver and it is all wonderful and shiny.
My problem is that when I hear these things, I have a few random thoughts. Here are a few:
1. Heaven is probably the best place in the universe to play indoor sports because with all that metal, nothing is going to break.
2. No interior designer goes to Heaven. Not because God doesn’t love them but because they refuse to be in rooms that only have one colour and texture scheme.
3. Heaven is a place where we all get to live like Kanye West (who legitimately insists on eating with golden cutlery).
My odd thoughts don’t really line up with what I look at in some scripture.
In Matthew 6:19-20 Jesus tells us not to store up treasures on Earth, but rather store up treasures in Heaven.
And it seems to me that rather than seek Jesus’ version of what treasure is, we are simply just storing up EARTHLY treasures IN Heaven (which I think is contrary to Jesus’ point). It almost seems like we can relax our pursuit of earthly desires right now, because we trust that one day we get to be Uncle Scrooge and swim through a gold coin safe when we die.
Are we really that selfish about even our eternal life? Are we really that taken by the earthly elements of our world?
What if Jesus was proposing that treasure, in God’s realm and on God’s terms, is far bigger than the petty things we ascribe the definition “treasure” to? What if the imagery and symbolism in the Bible of crowns and castles and jewels and robes was actually just a tiny attempt to capture and represent the magnitude, majesty and sheer awe of God, His kingdom, and His glory?
It’s just another “what if?” question, but once again it calls us to confront some questions about ourselves and the life that we lead.
How might Jesus define treasure? How would He ask you to define it?
God bless you as you explore and are challenged by this question.