Dr. C. S. Lovett’s
MARANATHA FAMILY NEWSLETTER
WHAT WILL YOU DO IN HEAVEN?
When you get to heaven, what do you expect to see? Maybe all the believers sitting around on the same cloud? Do you think there will be differences between believers? If one Christian differs from another, how do you think those differences will be determined?
HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT IT?
For many believers, just getting to heaven is the end of the matter. What happens after that? The Bible has plenty to say about it. The fact is getting into heaven is merely the beginning of another life. There are going to be great distinctions between people in heaven. Just as you see the poor and the rich in this life, so will you see them in heaven. This is something Christians don’t like to think about or face.
Life on earth is like a qualifying run at the auto races. How well a racer does determine his position in the BIG RACE. The same is true of heaven. How well we qualify in THIS LIFE determines our future JOB AND RANK with the Lord. Salvation is free. That gets us in the door. But after that we work for everything we get, the same as on earth. When this life is over, all we have done on earth will be evaluated. How do we know there will be big differences between Christians in heaven? There’s going to be a JUDGMENT!
"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Cor 5:10 NASB).
If Christians were equal in heaven, receiving the SAME REWARD, what would be the point of a judgment? But the Bible is very definite on this, “So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God." (Rom. 14:12 NASB). A day is coming when every believer's life will be reviewed by God, and based on that judgment, will be rewarded or penalized.
Being saved does NOT cancel our appointment. “We must all appear,” with no exceptions. I consider the judgment seat of Christ the most awesome fact of Christianity. You hear very little about it. Why? It’s unpopular to preach a negative side of salvation, but the hard fact remains: Every Christian is going to find his HEAVENLY FUTURE determined by what he does with his one life on earth.
THERE IS NO SECOND CHANCE
There will be no make-up classes in heaven. The decision God makes on Judgment Day will be FINAL. It will stand forever! That’s why Paul referred to it as the “terror of the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:11 KJV).
“Every man’s work shall be made manifest, for the day [judgment day] shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try [test] every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abides [passes the test], he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned [judged worthless], he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved [salvation], yet so as [one escaping] by fire” (1 Cor. 3:13-15 KJV).
It is possible for a Christian to be POOR at the judgment. He will be in heaven all right, but he’ll be among heaven’s poor. Believe me, poverty will be no better in heaven than it is here. In spite of all the glowing words you hear about heaven, there will still be the HAVES and the HAVE NOTS. There’s no way indifferent Christians can share equally with those who’ve put Christ ahead of everything else. And oh, will they be sorry.
POOR IN HEAVEN?
The Lord was specific about this. He made it very plain the only treasure believers would have in heaven would be that which they LAY UP FOR THEMSELVES (Matt. 6:20). Those who don’t bother will end up in heaven FLAT broke. Heavenly treasure must be EARNED NOW. There is no automatic "cash" account reserved for any believer. His only wealth will be that which he acquires through serving the Lord.
The great emphasis of modern Christianity is “GET THEM SAVED!” as though salvation was the final act of the play. Not so. If being saved were all that mattered, God would take us home the moment we decided for Christ. But He leaves us on earth to prepare us for the next life in heaven. What we do with this opportunity DETERMINES OUR RANK in heaven and WHAT WE’LL DO THERE. We enter heaven just as we are at the point of death—AND NEVER CHANGE. We also enter heaven with the treasure we’ve “laid up.”
When a man is saved, he does NOT “have it made.” He simply has a chance to make it. He finds himself in a RACE, a race in which he competes NOT AGAINST OTHERS but against HIMSELF ((Heb. 12:1; 1 Cor. 9:24). And when he is judged, it is based on WHAT HE HAS DONE—as compared with WHAT HE COULD HAVE DONE. From the moment a Christian is BORN AGAIN until he dies, he is obliged to GROW daily in the likeness of Christ and WORK HARD to qualify for a nice position in Jesus’ kingdom. That’s what the “rewards” are all about. All Governments—Jesus’ included—have high posts and menial jobs. Yours will be assigned at the judgment, AND YOU WILL KEEP IT FOREVER! Any believer can shoot for a top job and get it, since he competes against no one but himself.
PERFECT BUT NOT EQUAL
All Christians are perfect in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21). Perfect in nature. But perfect in nature does not mean equal in rank.
Consider light bulbs. Here’s a 150-watt bulb and a 25-watt bulb, both as perfect as the manufacturer can make them. Perfect in nature, yet different in brilliance. They do NOT give off the same light.
It’s like that in the resurrection, says Paul. He didn’t know about light bulbs, but he did know about lights in the sky. He drew the same parallel in the resurrection chapter. Note how he speaks of the differences in believers:
“There is one glory of the SUN, another glory of the MOON, and another glory of the STARS; for star DIFFERS from star in glory. SO ALSO IN THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD” (1 Cor. 15:41-42 NASB).
The idea that being saved automatically exalts believers in heaven is not true. That’s the devil’s suggestion. He would lure Christians into easy living. He’s good at it and successful. Masses of believers are so bogged down in the THINGS of this life, they have no thought of qualifying for a good place close to Jesus. Consequently, they end up in the “ghettos” of heaven. That’s what Satan wants. He deceives them into forfeiting THEIR ONE CHANCE to get ahead in the next life.
SHOOT FOR THE TOP
You know how athletes train. There are many things they could eat and enjoy, but they refrain. They discipline themselves. They sacrifice things which are OK in themselves but stand in the way of WINNING. You must do the same to win in Christ. You cannot take your ease and indulge yourself in this life if you hope to win a good job near Jesus.
I mean you can’t put baby-sitting grandchildren, hours watching TV, working at two jobs to acquire possessions, or going on vacations ahead of serving Jesus. You can’t even put your husband or wife ahead of Him. You must become so committed that pleasing HIM is more important than pleasing yourself. He’s got to be more important than money, family, or even reputation. Commit yourself to Him, and you won’t be sorry. You will be amazed at the RANK and POSITION you will receive at the Judgment—TO ENJOY FOREVER!
“PREPARING FOR HIS APPEARING” is my call—my longing—to help Christians win the top places in eternity. Those jobs will definitely be handed out when Jesus appears. He said so:
“And behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be” (Rev. 22:12 KJV).
There is the judgment at His coming. He’s bringing those JOB ASSIGNMENTS with Him. That’s what the rewards are. By definition, rewards are for a job well done. Once you see what the Lord is seeking to accomplish in your life, you will be less concerned about getting ahead in this life and more concerned about what . . .
YOU WILL BE DOING IN HEAVEN!
C. S. LOVETT
Copyright © 2021 Personal Christianity
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matt. 6:19-20 NIV).
SINCE YOU ASKED!
Question: “Where is a good place for a new Christian to start studying the Bible?”
Answer: My suggestion, the Gospel of John. This Gospel features the things Jesus says. It is important to get familiar with Jesus’ voice as it resonates in your sprit. At first, you may be just reading words off the pages, but in time, you begin to feel them. As more time passes, you realize what you feel is God’s witness to His Word.
Read slowly. Don’t be in a hurry to cover a lot of verses. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice and they follow Me, another they will not follow.” When you get to where you can recognize Jesus’ voice in your spirit, you will immediately know something is wrong when a false teacher speaks to you.
At first you won’t be able to defend your Christianity, but you will know enough to walk away. Later, when you have mastered more of the Word, you will be able to see where the false teacher’s statements are contradicted by God’s Word. This doesn’t mean you should enter into a debate, for they rarely seek the truth. They are really interested in making a convert out of you. It is your knowledge of the Word that keeps you from being swept into one of the cults which surround us today.
LOVETT’S LIGHTS ON JOHN: “Excellent piece of work. C. S. Lovett is a gifted commentator. Insights are unparalleled. A joy to take in. I have used this to supplement a small group bible study. Very effective and rewarding.” (R. J. Sedlak—online review)
APPRECIATED: "We gave Lovett’s Lights on John to an Aunt. She, her husband, and two children have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Judging by her favorable comments about the book, we know that it had much to do with their decisions! May God continue to richly bless you and your work." (T.S.—CA)
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