In discussing the issue of an afterlife Heaven and whether or not it feels like a bribe to urge people to live a particular way in this life (to pursue Heaven in the next life), C.S. Lewis offers these words: “Heaven offers nothing that a mercenary soul can desire. It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to” (from “The Problem of Pain” by C.S. Lewis.) Lewis continues, writing, “Love, by definition, seeks to enjoy it’s object.”
What an interesting thought! It sounds to me like Lewis is suggesting that one of the ways you will know if you are going to see God in the after life (if you are truly going to experience the afterlife Heaven) is that you love and pursue God in this lifetime. For many Christians, I suppose this could be a scary thought. So often, it seems that we consider Heaven to be a reward for believing in this lifetime, even a reward for putting up with the pains of this lifetime, rather than an extension of the Kingdom of Heaven Jesus was ushering in here on earth.
In what ways does your life here and now feel like “Heaven”? Is there anything you can do to live ever more in Heaven in the here and now? – Pastor Brad