“And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.” (Rev. 22:5)
How long do you think that it will take to get used to perfect? Streets of gold, gates of pearls, clear, crystal-clear water flowing from the throne of God I can envision in my mind, but I have difficulty imagining perfect.
We who have been born-again have been justified, we are being sanctified and one day we will be glorified, but I do not think that we will ever be what could be considered perfect.
“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.” (1st Cor. 15:50)
We will have the bodies we reside in now but without any blemishes, we will be, as best as the human mind can comprehend that word, immortal, but only God is perfect.
I do not care to spend much time considering heaven and the New Jerusalem, it can lead one to false imaginations that have no Scriptural relevancy, but where we will call home for all eternity is something that at times is necessary, for this world is evil, and thinking of our eternal home offers us peace and great hope.
“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” (Daniel 12:4)
The wisdom that we have been blessed with is never stagnant, it grows as we grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord, and that knowledge that the world is intrinsically evil grows with it. Social media has opened up the availability of this truth, and it takes very little viewing time to see that lies and deceits are the way of this world, that the wicked are behaving wickedly, and that it is growing exponentially. Therefore, it is necessary at times to think about our home.
I wonder, are there shadows in the New Jerusalem, will we ever see a speck of dust there, something that needs to be repaired or replaced? How long will it take to become accustomed to perfect? No brooms or dust mops, no window washers, no daily dishes or laundry to do, nothing ever out of place.
Those pleasures forevermore spoken of in Psalm 16:11, are they only for our amusement or will we still be called upon to serve the Almighty in some way? Our work here will be done, there will be no one to witness to, no lost to seek for, no wicked to contend with, none of those earthly struggles will follow us home. We will, in the sense of the Scriptures today, have no more needs to be taken care of, but does that necessarily mean that all our wants will be fulfilled?
Heaven, in my own personal perspective, would not be heaven if there are no tasks to be accomplished, no work to be done, if all is ease and easy, then in that respect heaven would be a place of nothing more than selfish amusement and, no offence, lazy people. No, I think the work will continue, although modified greatly.
Again my friends, one of my favorite verses, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” (1st Cor. 2:9)
In these days of great evil, contemplating home is sometimes necessary, ambassadors await both patiently and with great anticipation for that call that says, “Come home.”
No one in heaven looks back here to earth with longing, all here who have been crucified with Christ look forward with great longing to be home.
“But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:” (Matt. 6:20)
Keep heaven in mind, imagine it at length at times, in fact, get homesick sometimes, contemplate that word “perfect.” Until then, work, for the night draws closer each day. I believe I speak the truth when I say we will never get totally used to our forever home.