What we are willing to do to know Christ better reveals to us and to the world where our treasure truly lies.
Proverbs 10:3 The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.
Are we interested in the things of God? Do we really want Christ to be our LORD? Are we listening for His voice and looking for His direction? If we acknowledge His Spirit within us, He will give us the desire to know Him.
Proverbs 13:25 The righteous eat to their hearts’ content, but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry.
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
As Christians, heaven has begun for us. Heaven is wherever God is, and He is in our hearts, therefore, we have heaven in our hearts. He is training us in holiness and righteousness, and He knows our limitations in the flesh. One day, we will shed our skin, so to speak, and enter His presence fully. Until then, we enjoy His fellowship the best we can as He has prescribed:
Hebrews 10:23-25 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Let us have the same attitude as Paul:
Philippians 3:10-12 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
Remember that obedience brings blessings–it also brings the right feelings. “If we change the way we think, then we will change the way we feel” (Beth Moore). So, let’s get busy being obedient so that we can enjoy those blessings!