Eternal Perspectives

An interpretive approach that makes everything symbolic also makes everything subjective. It will never allow us to break free of our assumptions and see what the Bible really says about Heaven, our bodily resurrection, and life on the New Earth. . . . The river going through the New Jerusalem becomes God’s grace, the tree becomes Christ, the city walls become security. Or the river becomes Christ, the tree God’s grace, and the city walls God’s omnipotence. . . . But if the text can be said to mean everything, it ceases to mean anything. One cannot have serious interpretive discussions with those who interpret all references to the New Earth figuratively. Why? Because as soon as you cite a passage depicting anything tangible, they will dismiss it by saying, “You can’t take that literally.”

~ Randy Alcorn, Heaven

Eternal Perspectives

Maybe in heaven all our losses are not forgotten. Maybe they’re returned. Maybe all the broken and strewn parts of ourselves come back, more alive and connected than they’ve ever been. But regardless of that, this one thing is true: Heaven is where our inescapable sense of loss and incompleteness is overcome. It is the one thing large enough to answer our deepest longings and console our deepest griefs. Our hunger for perfect justice and perfect mercy and perfect joy and perfect peace—all is met there.

Maybe, just maybe, the sorrow is not forgotten, or bathed in the light of perfect understanding. Maybe all of it, every last shred of it, is redeemed, given back.

~ Mark Buchanan [Things Unseen]

Eternal Perspectives

Giving is a giant lever positioned on the fulcrum of this world, allowing us to move mountains in the next world. Because we give, eternity will be different—for others and for us. . . . Giving doesn’t strip me of vested interests; rather, it shifts my vested interests from earth to heaven—from self to God. Of course, money isn’t all I can give. Time, wisdom, and expertise are wonderful gifts. Giving in any form breaks affluenza’s fever. Giving breaks me free from the gravitational hold of money and possessions. Giving shifts me to a new center of gravity—heaven.

Randy Alcorn [The Treasure Principle]

Eternal Perspectives

What you do with your resources in this life is your autobiography. The book you’ve written with the pen of faith and the ink of works will go into eternity unedited, to be seen and read as is by the angels, the redeemed, and God himself. When we view today in light of the long tomorrow, the little choices become tremendously important. Whether I read my Bible today, pray, go to church, share my faith, and give my money—actions graciously empowered not by my flesh but by his Spirit—is of eternal consequence, not only for other souls, but for mine.

Randy Alcorn, [The Law of Rewards]

Eternal Perspectives

Death gives rise to the question of life. Don Quixote tells his friend Sancho that as a dying soldier lay in his arms his eyes asked a question. Sancho asks, was the question “Why am I dying?” No, Don Quixote replies, it was the question “Why was I living?”

Randy Alcorn,

[“Death: Signing and Framing Your Life’s Portrait”]

Eternal Perspectives

We know Christ will say to some (but not all) believers, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:21). Not “Well said” or “Well believed” but “Well done.” What separates the sheep from the goats is what they did and didn’t do with their God-entrusted resources of time, money, and possessions.

Randy Alcorn, [The Law of Rewards]

Eternal Perspectives

What will last for eternity? Not your car, house, degrees, trophies, or business. What will last for eternity is every service to the needy, every dollar given to feed the hungry, every cup of cold water given to the thirsty, every investment in missions, every prayer for the needy, every effort invested in evangelism, and every moment spent caring for precious children—including rocking them to sleep and changing their diapers. The Bible says we’ll reap in eternity what we’ve planted in this life (Galatians 6:7-8). . . . After all, if we really believe we’re going to live forever in a realm where Christ is the center who brings us joy, and that righteous living will mean happiness for all, why wouldn’t we choose to get a head start on Heaven through Christ-centered righteous living now?

~ Randy Alcorn ~ [Heaven]