The materials we use to build a road are worthless, and we consider them worthless. Except for the expense of labor and machinery, there is no value in asphalt. It’s just a mixture of tar and rock.
But come with me in your mind. Look at the streets of heaven. God is the living God. And in his kingdom there is no worthlessness. Everything is of him. Even his streets. I surmise that everything in heaven is living. And that there is no such thing as worthlessness.
What do we know about such a place as this? We travel all the roads without a single thought to the surface we are riding on. We throw trash out the window not the slightest concerned that we are making the road filthy. And every inch we travel is forgotten before we get to it.
Let me make a leap in thought. If this is the condition of difference between our world and the kingdom of heaven, what do we know about God’s righteousness? If we can’t even conceive the nature of God’s streets, how can we hope to understand the nature of his glorious sacrifice?
Like our roads, we know about Jesus. But isn’t it true that before we experience one moment of his glory, it is forgotten in the chaos of the day?
If we try to think on these things to deeply our brain just gives up. The best we can do is give him the best place of honor in everything that we are.
I’m not going to go into the contrast between how the world treats Jesus and how we should treat Jesus. But I sense how radically astounding the difference is.
In just a short while you will not be here on this earth. Ask any older person, they never thought they would be as old as they are. Ask them again, they’ll tell you they regret a number of their choices. Then press them about what’s absolutely going to come. If they’re honest, they’ll tell you they know their soul will go back to the one who made it.
Newsflash! You’re going to die.
Extra! Extra! It will be done to you as you have believed and done in your life.
Unspeakably astounding proclamation: God has prepared a way to make your death awesomely joyful!
Most people are going to regret their choices for eternity. What about you? Do you know what God has done for his glory in Jesus, his holy and righteous son? I can’t urge you strongly enough, dig into it before your final day arrives.
There’s no need for you to be filled with regret for eternity. God, in Jesus, can make your life righteous and holy. You do not need to appear before God covered in shame. Believe the gospel and live! Ignore the message, and you remain like you are forever.
I was listening to psalm 24. Afterword I thought, “I should say something about this”. But what do I have to say about anything?
Good or bad, I looked in my mind to see how anything I might say would be received. That didn’t help.
My mind walked away from testimony with disgust. I saw how people treat the King of Glory. I remember how people treat anyone who will speak about him with a good report. Then I saw what people praise; the strong, the beautiful, the rich, the popular, the amazing, all things Man.
Standing before the words of God is astounding. Looking back at the filth of Man is heartbreaking.