Better Start Now
Psalms 34:8: O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
If we don*t find joy in praising the Lord, obeying Him and serving Him in this life we will have no taste for those things in eternity. If we don*t find the joy of surrendering to the Lord in this life we will not find it in eternity. If we don*t get the peace of totally trusting Him in this life we won*t get it in eternity. If we don*t willingly obey Him in this life we will not willingly obey Him in eternity. If we don*t want a heavenly life here and now we won*t want it in eternity. If we don*t want the Lord Jesus in this life we won*t want Him in eternity. If we don*t value God in this life we will not value Him in Heaven. If we find the presence of God distasteful in this life, we will find it distasteful forever. If we don*t desire the leadership and guidance of God in this life we won*t desire those things in eternity. Since Heaven will be saturated with God, if we don*t love Him in this life we will not want to be there for eternity. Anything that is not begun with God in this life will not be continued in eternity. The older we get the less we have to give to the Lord of what He deserves. The older we get, the less likely it is that we will allow anything new between us and God. Do it now! If we are still breathing He has something that He wants us to do. If not we would be dead already.
Hebrews 9:27: And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
Charles Haddon Spurgeon on 2 Peter 3:18: To Him be glory both now and forever.
Heaven will be full of the ceaseless praises of Jesus. Eternity! thine unnumbered years shall speed their everlasting course, but forever and for ever, *to Him be glory.* Is He not a *Priest I for ever after the order of Melchisedek*? *To Him be glory.* Is He not king for ever?-King of kings and Lord of lords, the everlasting Father? *To Him be glory for ever.* Never shall His praises cease. That which was bought with blood deserves to last while immortality endures. The glory of the cross must never be eclipsed; the lustre of the grave and of the resurrection must never be dimmed. O Jesus! thou shalt be praised for ever. Long as immortal spirits live-long as the Father*s throne endures-for ever, for ever, unto Thee shall be glory.
Believer, you are anticipating the time when you shall join the saints above in ascribing all glory to Jesus; but are you glorifying Him now? The apostle*s words are, *To Him be glory both now and for ever.* Will you not this day make it your prayer? *Lord, help me to glorify Thee; I am poor, help me to glorify Thee by contentment; I am sick, help me to give Thee honour by patience; I have talents, help me to extol Thee by spending them for Thee; I have time, Lord, help me to redeem it, that I may serve thee; I have a heart to feel, Lord, let that heart feel no love but Thine, and glow with no flame but affection for Thee; I have a head to think, Lord, help me to think of Thee and for Thee; Thou hast put me in this world for something, Lord, show me what that is, and help me to work out my life-purpose: I cannot do much, but as the widow put in her two mites, which were all her living, so, Lord, I cast my time and eternity too into Thy treasury; I am all Thine; take me, and enable me to glorify Thee now, in all that I say, in all that I do, and with all that I have.*