Earth’s Joys Are Heaven’s Appetizers

baconwrappedwaterchestnuts1 Christians should be people who enjoy the pleasures in the deepest and most profound ways. Jeremiah Burroughs gives us one reason why:

Every little (gift that a Christian has) is but a an earnest penny for all the glory that is reserved for them; a first installment which guarantees that the rest will follow. These gifts are given to them by God as a forerunner of those eternal mercies that the Lord intends for them…Every comfort that the saints have in this world is an earnest penny to them of those eternal mercies that the Lord has provided for them. Just as every affliction that the wicked have here is but the beginning of sorrows and forerunner of those eternal sorrows that they are likely to have hereafter in Hell, so every comfort you have is a forerunner of those eternal mercies you shall have with God in Heaven…When you sit at your table and rejoice with your wife and children and friends, you may look upon every one of those but as a forerunner, yes the very earnest penny of eternal life to you.

For Christians, all the earth’s joys are appetizers of the feast to come. Every good cup of coffee softly speaks of eternal pleasures to come. Every tender conversation with a loved one points forward to perfect fellowship to come. Every warm bed beckons us to look toward the day of true, undisturbed rest. Every deep belly laugh calls us to think about the coming day of unceasing, eternal joy. For the Christian, all earth’s joys are heaven’s appetizers. God has filled our world with tastes of the coming joy He promises us through Christ. Enjoy them. Savor them. And let them increase your anticipation for the coming joy they speak of.

About Dana Dill

I'm a Christian, husband, daddy, pastor, professor, and hope to be a friend to pilgrims on their way home.
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