Ever-Increasing Joy – Ephesians 2:4-7

“But God…raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace
in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
Ephesians 2:4-7

I read a devotion this morning that looked at heaven, speaking of joy that increases forever. Wonder that never ceases, throughout all of eternity, because we are surrounded by the infinite glory and fullness of God, continually discovering more and more of that glory.

There is a fear for some that heaven will be boring. But all that we see of it in Scripture is that it is a place of beauty, rejoicing, and indescribable wonder. Perhaps the “boring” mindset comes from our inability to comprehend eternity. An unending vastness. Continuing on forever and ever. We may wonder how we could ever fill that much time. But look around you. See the greatness and creativity of our God, displayed brilliantly throughout the universe. It is this God who raises us up to dwell with Him. Boring simply doesn’t fit in with what He does.

In Christ, we are headed to a place where fear is gone and it will never enter in again. Doubt is eradicated because our faith has become sight. We see the One who has been our hope, glorified and exalted before our eyes. It is in this place that our joy will be ever-increasing. Unshadowed by regret or anxiety. Joy that we will never lose, even for a moment. There will be no sadness, no sickness, no pain, no death, no feelings of emptiness or rejection, no depression or bitterness taking root in our heart. Temptation will be gone and sin cannot touch us anymore. We bask unhindered in the glory of our Lord.

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away…And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.’ And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’” Revelation 21:1-5

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