Accessing the Fullness of Heaven
by Dustin Williams
“Of all the seeds it is the smallest, but when it has grown it is the largest of the garden herbs and becomes a tree so that the birds of the air come and find shelter in its branches.”
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a man who is a dealer in search of fine and precious pearls, who, on finding a single pearl of great price, went and sold all he had and bought it.”
Had you told me 20 years ago that I should sell everything I own and buy stock in a little-known a start-up called Amazon, with a slow-growth plan that wouldn’t turn a profit for at least 4-5 years, I would have laughed and said, “Thanks, but no thanks.” Oh, but if I had…!
Get rich quick schemes have always been more appealing than save and sow principles. Are you working hard or hardly working? I think I have heard that said by most of my blue-collar coworkers as we often felt like we were always working hard.
In Matthew 13, Jesus gives us examples of how valuable heaven is. If we could only comprehend the investment opportunity we have when we invest into eternity. Jesus said in so many words, “If you only knew how amazing heaven is, you would gladly give it ALL up to attain it.”
Attaining heaven starts with a choice to believe in Jesus, but it also takes a life lived for Him (work) to walk into heaven’s fullness. In fact, Jesus Himself warns believers in John 3:36 that “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”
I recently saw a meme asking, “If you could say one thing to your 15-year-old self, what would it be?” I wonder if my 15-year-old self would receive instruction on selling everything, working hard, and investing in Amazon stock. Knowing myself, I probably would invest a little and keep the rest – just enough to see if it works, but not enough to step into the “fullness” of the return.
Today, heaven is available for you through believing in Jesus! But its fullness is only available through selling out to Jesus. Trust me, being sold out for Him will be worth it!
What are you holding back?
What more can you do to fully invest and be sold out to the Lord?
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