Diamonds

The thought of heaven overwhelms me today. I just began reading a book, “90 Minutes In Heaven” and it got me so excited at the thought of what is to come.

For the past year the idea of the kingdom of God and all that it is and means has intrigued me.
“Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  I’ve asked myself many questions about it all.
What is the Kingdom of God?
I am part of the Kingdom of God already so what does that mean?
Yes, we are awaiting heaven but can we really begin to live bits of heaven here on earth?
If I am part of the Kingdom of God already and I will spend forever in Heaven what really matters the most as I live each day?
Jesus came to show us the best way and it was about service and ultimately death and resurrection. It seems like He is communicating that in humility and death to certain things, comes the greatest life.
I’m reminded of the song from bible camp…
He is the King of the kingdom upside down
If you want to go up
You’ve got to go down
To be the greatest
Learn to be the least
Living in the Kingdom
Upside down.
The human part of me  interprets this in my own understanding- Be meek and weak and never say anything because I need to be the least…
But I came across a quote on a flip calendar in a bathroom last week by Oswald Chambers;
” We seem to think that God wants us to give up things! God nowhere tells us to give up things for the sake of giving them up. He tells us to give them up for the sake of the only thing worth having: life with Himself.”
Maybe heaven is so beautiful because we will see Him for who He really is without distractions. And we will be perfectly who we were made to be in HIM. Not focusing on ourselves but only delighting in who He is. And it’s in this life that we little by little come to know that nothing is greater than hearing His voice and resting in Him and realizing the love that He has lavished on us.
How I get weary when I glance away from Him. But Oh His grace and His patience have become what I count on. It’s enough to make me want to do a little dance.
“Lord You are more precious than silver
Lord You are more costly than gold
Lord You are more beautiful than diamonds
And nothing I desire compares with You”
“I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.” Philippians 3:8