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God wants us to live, to live abundantly, and to live eternally. When we hold on to these statements, they change the way we look to the future; altering the course we take in our day today.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children (Revelation 21:1-5a, 6b-7).
We start to see today as a gift from God, along with the abundant blessings we have beyond what we need to survive. We start to enjoy purpose in our day, working for the LORD in everything we do. We start to see the image of God all around us, enjoying the people God has placed in our lives. We start to take time our of our busy schedules to just stop, consider, focus on, and talk to the LORD, knowing that someday we will get to see God face to face. We enjoy life today walking together with God, knowing that we will get to enjoy this even more...forever.
Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations. No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him….And they will reign forever and ever (Revelation 22:1-3,5b).
How about you? Do you live today the way you will live with God forever?