Christ is not joking when he says that we shall inherit the kingdom prepared for us and we shall reign with him forever. We will take the position for which we have been uniquely made and will rule as he does—meaning, with creativity and power.

The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. (Rom. 8:19–20 The Message)

All creation anticipates the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. (Rom. 8:21 NLT)

What would you like to do first? Paddle a canoe down the Amazon? Learn to play an instrument? Discover a new universe? You’ll have plenty of time for that and more.

And in the perfect time, O perfect God,
When we are in our home, our natal home
When joy shall carry every sacred load,
And from its life and peace no heart shall roam,
What if thou make us able to make like thee—
To light with moons, to clothe with greenery,
To hang gold sunsets o’er a rose and purple sea!
(George MacDonald, Diary of an Old Soul)

 

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