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HEAVEN: “KINDNESS TOWARD US”
by Philip Owen

        Men (I’ll get to the ladies in a moment), imagine a life like this.  You go out to wash the car, but it’s already sparkling inside and out.  You wheel out the lawnmower but the lawn has been mowed.  You go back into the house and decide to repair the dripping kitchen faucet your wife had mentioned last week, but it’s not leaking.  You notice that the dirty clothes that you’d left on the floor have been put down the laundry chute.  And as you try to figure out what’s happening, your wife appears and says your favorite dinner is on the table.  Ladies, imagine a life like this.  You pull out the vacuum cleaner, but every room has been vacuumed and dusted.  You head into the laundry room to wash a load of clothes, only to find that everything has been laundered.  You go out into the kitchen to begin cooking dinner and discover that a gourmet meal has been prepared already.  And before you can remove a plate from the table, your husband is taking care of the dirty dishes.

Yes, I know I’m describing stereotypical role reversals.  But setting that aside, imagine a life in which your spouse anticipates every need and desire and then serves in ways that you had never even considered, joyfully lavishing kindness on you day after day.

     Those thoughts are a poverty-stricken attempt to provide a temporal illustration of what awaits believers in heaven.  A systematic study of what the Bible says about heaven reveals that much more is disclosed than most of us realize.  Nevertheless, given the eternal length of that future existence, the information divulged is pretty meagre.  On second thought, however, perhaps it is not so much that little information is provided as that our minds cannot comprehend what has been revealed.   One verse will illustrate this fact.  How will we experience heaven and eternity?  Paul explains that we were raised up from the deadness of our transgressions and seated with Christ Jesus “in the heavenly places” “so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:6, 7). 

       We feel compelled to remind ourselves that heaven is and will be a place where God displays His infinite glory.  We feel forced to remind ourselves that heaven will be a place of unceasing worship and continual service.  But we would be doing God a disservice if we failed to proclaim the infinite glory expressed in our text.  Heaven, for the believer, will be a place, an experience, an existence filled with the inexhaustible and unending kindness of God toward those upon Whom He has showered “the surpassing riches of His grace.” 

       One manifestation of God’s kindness will follow another, which will flow into another.  Moment by moment we will be thrilled and enthralled with new and continually refreshing demonstrations of God’s kindness.  Paul makes no attempt to explain this kindness.  Surely, it will include intimate fellowship, and personal relationship, and rich, joyful, perfectly worthwhile, wonderfully satisfying service.  And given our sanctified state, there will be no chance of our becoming jaded or complacent from too lavish an expression of kindness.  Nor will we need to be watchful and wary because we will no longer have a carnal nature.  It will be impossible to spoil us with too much kindness because we will be holy as He is holy, pure as He is pure, perfect as He is perfect.  We will revel and cavort in the lavish love of our God and Father and of His Son, Jesus Christ.  And the Holy Spirit will be perfectly free to unite us as one in fellowship with Him “because His seed abides in” us (I John 3:9).  Never will we experience anything but the immeasurable kindness of God, nor will that kindness ever again be demonstrated in the form of correction or chastening but only in the bountiful riches of His joyful love.  Eternal, infinite kindness.  Unfathomable.  How could we ever think that God has revealed little about heaven?                 

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