The Gift of Heaven

Posted on December 26, 2013 · Posted in Godward Orientation, Gospel, Worldview

The gift of heaven is a gift anticipated with trembling, but received with peace.

 

It is a gift seldom planned for, but is given according to the most loving of plans.

 

It is a gift that exposes our 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 given, removes all doubt.

 

It is a gift we wanted to avoid, but then embraced with gratitude. 

 

It is a gift painful to contemplate, 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 punishment, yet brings the most precious of blessings.

 

It is a gift often hidden from children, but they, most of all, need to know its blessings. 

 

It is a gift to be put off till tomorrow or the next day, but will come when the good Shepherd calls.

 

It is a gift that reveals our weakness, but brings the radiant energy 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 believe.

 

It is a Gift which saves man from himself.

 

It is a 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. 

 

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.