I find that our view of heaven is either something that we can simply look to in the future or it is a vision of what we can build on earth as we strive to build God’s Kingdom.
Take worship for example. The worship in heaven is constant, joyful and glorifying but isn’t this something we can build into our lives now?
When C H Spurgeon comments on 2 Peter 3:18 – “To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.”
He expresses exactly the challenge that is before us.
‘Heaven will be full of the ceaseless praises of Jesus. Eternity! Your unnumbered years shall run their everlasting course, but forever and forever; “to him be the glory.” Is He not a “priest forever after the order of Melchizedek”? “To him be the glory.” Is He not king forever–King of kings and Lord of lords, the everlasting Father? “To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.” His praises shall never end.
That which was bought with blood deserves to last while immortality endures. The glory of the cross must never be eclipsed; the luster of the grave and of the resurrection must never be dimmed. O Jesus, you will be praised forever. So long as immortal spirits live–as long as the Father’s throne endures–forever, forever, unto You shall be glory.
Believer, you are anticipating the time when you will join the saints above in ascribing all glory to Jesus; but are you glorifying Him now? The apostle’s words are, “To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity.” Will you not today make it your prayer?
Lord, help me to glorify You.
I am poor; help me to glorify You by contentment.
I am sick; help me to give You honour by patience.
I have talents; help me to extol You by spending them for You.
I have time, Lord; help me to redeem it, that I may serve You.
I have a heart to feel; Lord, let that heart feel no love but Yours, and glow with no flame but affection for You.
I have a mind to think, Lord; help me to think of You and for You.
You have put me in this world for something. Lord, show me what that is, and help me to work out my life-purpose.
I cannot do much, but as the widow put in her two copper coins, which were all her living, so, Lord, I cast my time and eternity too into Your treasury.
I am all Yours; take me, and enable me to glorify You now, in all that I say, in all that I do, and with all that I have’.
Live Heaven now!