Let not your heart be troubled

Heaven is the hope of troubled hearts. John recorded these words of your Savior to remind you of the wonder of heaven:

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”

Heaven is the gift that makes sense of life.
Without heaven, life makes no sense.
It is a gift that cannot be earned by man, but is won by Christ.
It is a gift that exposes our weak faith, but is given in faithfulness.
It is a gift that we are tempted to exchange for the treasures of this life.
It is a gift looked upon with doubt, but, once understood, removes all doubt.
It is a gift often ignored, but then embraced with gratitude.
It is a gift viewed through brokenness, but then radically, wonderfully heals.
It is a gift dreaded by the foolish, but longed for by the wise.
It is a gift often seen as loss, yet brings the most spectacular gain.
It is a gift often hidden from children, but they, most of all, need to know of its reality.
It is a gift that we cannot predict, but will come when the good Shepherd calls.
It is a gift that reveals our weakness, but brings the radiance of Christ.
It is a gift obscured by temporal illusions, but then explodes with the brilliance of eternity.
It is a gift to be longed for, if only we would believe.
It is the gift which saves you from yourself.
It is the gift that makes life worth living.
…Without this gift there would be no life.
The gift of heaven – the richest treasure the heart can possess.

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”

Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.