REAL . . . ESTATE!

untitledYou’ll probably recall this humorous exchange, taken from one of my all-time favorite movies, A Charlie Brown Christmas:

Lucy: I know how you feel about all this Christmas business, getting depressed and all that. It happens to me every year. I never get what I really want. I always get a lot of stupid toys or a bicycle or clothes or something like that.

Charlie Brown: What is it you want?

Lucy: Real estate!

Funny thing about Lucy’s response to Charlie Brown . . . that is the one thing that the Christian can truly count on—not on this side of the grave, but on the other side. And on the other side of eternity, our estate will truly be REAL!

You see, everything here is simply a shadow of the substance we will receive when we arrive in glory into the new heavens and the new earth. Drink in these words from our Lord:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:1-3)

Now, I don’t know what all that will look like, but I do know Jesus has promised every one of His children real estate in glory! The difference between the real estate we occupy here and the real estate we will occupy there is that what we have here is temporary; what Jesus is preparing for us will be ours for all of eternity. We will leave behind everything we have accumulated on this side of heaven. It’s likely that someone else may drive our car, spend our money, live in our home, perhaps even wear our clothes! But whatever we receive in the new heavens and the new earth will never be lost or given away.

That is why Jesus tells us not to let our hearts be troubled and to trust in God. When we trust in anything smaller than our God, we will always be disappointed. No matter how much we have, we always want more. A better salary . . . a nicer car . . . a better address . . . you get the picture. “Enough” is never enough! We must keep in view what we have been promised, because what we have been promised is the only thing that is truly REAL!

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

 

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