God Tells Us His Plan
You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
-Psalm 16:11, emphasis added
THE SPIRITUAL MESSAGE: Christ is seeking out His church.The last message Jesus has for us is His wonderful plan! He has spelled out what He wants us to be like, and He has detailed how He, by His grace, will enable us to live such a wonderful life!
Christ offers an abundant life:"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God" (Revelation 2:7). This means that true believers have abundant lives in paradise regained. Jesus described what we have in Him as an overflowing life: "He who believes in Me, . . . out of his heart will flow rivers of living water" (John 7:38).
There is no life like Christ's in us! It is an extraordinary life: He came "that [we] may have life, and that [we] may have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). The word "abundant," perissos, means "over and above, more than is necessary, exceeding abundantly, supremely."
This is what grips the world. This is why, when you are going through a prophetic study, you must come to terms with this question: If you lost all your physical assets--real estate, stocks, bonds and retirement accounts--what would you have left? Your real treasure--Jesus Christ! Think about it: while your things still have value, give them to the Lord instead of regretting it later when their value is gone. God says, "What you keep you lose, but what you give lasts forever!"
Christ offers an inexpressible future:"And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations" (Revelation 2:26). God will reward us with immeasurable treasures: "There is no One who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel's, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time . . . and in the age to come, eternal life" (Mark 10:29-30).
As you follow Jesus, you should be willing to leave all behind for the sake of the gospel. If you do, God will one day overwhelm you with unbelievable pleasures! The apostle Paul, after he had been "caught up into Paradise," would have excitedly shared what he saw and heard, but he was not permitted to do so. For God said that it was "not lawful for a man to utter" (2 Corinthians 12:4). But this we do know: Paul experienced a remarkable foretaste of what Christ has in store for those who love Him! Are you excited about all that He has planned for you?
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