Little Tastes Of Heaven
We can enjoy little tastes of heaven even here on earth. Moments spent with God in prayer, enjoying His love, enjoying His answers to our prayers, studying the Bible, meditating on His Word or hearing it are little tastes of Heaven. Obeying Him and sensing that you have pleased Him is like hearing Him say Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Is that not another little slice of Heaven? Why not enjoy as many of these little slices of Heaven as possible.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon on Ephesians 1:14b: . . . The earnest of our inheritance . . .
Oh! what enlightenment, what joys, what consolation, what delight of heart is experienced by that man who has learned to feed on Jesus, and on Jesus alone. Yet the realization which we have of Christ*s preciousness is, in this life, imperfect at the best. As an old writer says, **Tis but a taste!* We have tasted *that the Lord is gracious,* but we do not yet know how good and gracious He is, although what we know of His sweetness makes us long for more. We have enjoyed the firstfruits of the Spirit, and they have set us hungering and thirsting for the fulness of the heavenly vintage. We groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption. Here we are like Israel in the wilderness, who had but one cluster from Eshcol, there we shall be in the vineyard. Here we see the manna falling small, like coriander seed, but there shall we eat the bread of heaven and the old corn of the kingdom. We are but beginners now in spiritual education; for although we have learned the first letters of the alphabet, we cannot read words yet, much less can we put sentences together; but as one says, *He that has been in heaven but five minutes, knows more than the general assembly of divines on earth.* We have many ungratified desires at present, but soon every wish shall be satisfied; and all our powers shall find the sweetest employment in that eternal world of joy. O Christian, antedate heaven for a few years. Within a very little time thou shalt be rid of all thy trials and thy troubles. Thine eyes now suffused with tears shall weep no longer. Thou shalt gaze in ineffable rapture upon the splendour of Him who sits upon the throne. Nay, more, upon His throne shalt thou sit. The triumph of His glory shall be shared by thee; His crown, His joy, His paradise, these shall be thine, and thou shalt be co-heir with Him who is the heir of all things.