Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday's Quote: Will Our Good Works Appear in Heaven?


I've been reading Heaven by Randy Alcorn, and I came across these quotes about what Christ will resurrect.  I hadn't thought about the works of our hands, of my hands, literally being in Heaven forever, and since I really appreciated these thoughts, I thought you might, too.
Biblically, the resurrection of the dead extends much further than most of us have been taught.  How much further might the power of resurrection go?  Let's use our biblically informed imaginations.  Could a child's story written out of love for Jesus survive this world, either in Heaven's handwriting or the child's own?  Might certain works of art, literature, and music survive either literally (on the canvas and paper they were written on) or at least be re-created in Heaven?
If our bodies and the works of our hands that please God will be resurrected, why not a chair, cabinet, or wardrobe made by Jesus in His carpenter's shop in Nazareth?  Couldn't God reassemble those molecules as easily as our own?  Are they not as much a part of God's "very good" creation as our bodies, and animals, lakes, and trees?  What about things we made to God's glory?  Could these be resurrected or reassembled? 
If Jesus will resurrect people and flowers, might He also resurrect a special flower arrangement given to a sick person that prompted a spiritual turning point?  Might He resurrect a song or book written to His glory?   or a letter written to encourage a friend or stranger?  or a blanket a grandmother made for her grandchild? 
Some may think it silly or sentimental to suppose that nature, animals, paintings, books, or a baseball bat might be resurrected.  It may appear to trivialize the coming resurrection.  I would suggest that it does exactly the opposite.  It elevates resurrection, emphasizing the power of Christ to radically renew mankind -- and far more.

I may be mistaken on the details, but Scripture is clear that in some form, at least, what's done on Earth to Christ's glory will survive.  Our error has not been in overestimating the extent of God's redemption and resurrection but underestimating it.

Picture the kinds of things done by His children that God, the ultimate father, would put on display.  God rewards with permanency what is precious to his heart.  What pleases Him will not forever disappear.

Let's pray with Moses, "Make permanent the works of our hands."
Knowing that the works of my hands, the ones the glorify God, will appear in Heaven makes me think harder about what I do.  Wow!  Some of the things I do here on Earth will last forever.  What a glorious thought!  It makes me want to make the most of my time here, to build with gold, silver, and precious stones which will last instead of wood, hay, and straw which will not (1 Corinthians 3:12).

Have you thought about whether the works of your hands will last forever?

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