Revelation 5:12

Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

Do you join a country club as an initiation to a higher social status? Do play golf because you love the game or play a round as an excuse to get out of the house away from your spouse and children? Do you love the game or just use it as a place to go and be able to have a few beers with friends? What’s your true motivation? If we are honest with ourselves, we can gain insight as to our true desires and make the necessary corrections thereof.

In the same perspective, it is helpful to consider why we want to go to heaven. Many have the wrong idea as to what will be actually going on in this eternal heavenly abode. If a person desires to go to heaven solely to miss hell, I believe they have the wrong motivation. Not spending an eternity in torment is certainly a benefit of salvation, but missing Hell is not primary.

Our time in heaven will be spent with other saints glorying and worshipping the worthy lamb. If your conversation here on Earth is spent cursing and gossiping, I’m not so sure you will be comfortable in heaven. If your time here on Earth is spent mostly with sinners, I’m not positive you will enjoy your company in heaven. Certainly, we are to witness and desire our living to be an example to the lost, but we should have the enjoyment of spending time with other baptized believers in Christ. These are the “kind of people” who sharpen and strengthen us.

The purpose of today’s devotion is first to consider the greatness of our God and the worthiness of His worship. We get involved in hobbies and activities here for alternative reasons. There is only one main motivation of a desire to be with our Lord for eternity- to proclaim Him as worthy. He is worthy of all the power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor and glory. For all of the eternal ages, we will be giving our thanks and proclaiming His glory. Indeed, He is worthy! Shouldn’t we have these same desires now as we experience and are blessed by salvation and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit? It is certainly not heaven, but His presence is always worthy of appreciation and praise.

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