I once heard a story that was intended to express how heaven’s riches are beyond measure. It was a story about a rich man who was near death. He grieved because he had worked so hard and wanted to carry his riches with him.
The rich man pleaded with God and was allowed by God to bring one bag. Overjoyed, he loaded his suitcase full of gold bars. Upon arrival at heaven, he was checking in and was told by Peter the bag would not be allowed. He insisted that he had permission. Things were checked on, and it was found that he did have approval from God. When the bag was opened to see what was so needed by the man, Peter exclaimed, “You brought pavement?!”
Imagine a place that is so vast in its riches that gold is its pavement! The Bible says…
“…And the street of the city
was pure gold,
like transparent glass.”
It reminds me of the time in the Bible when the queen of Sheba came to visit Solomon and see the splendor of His wisdom and His kingdom. Remember that she is very rich herself. Yet, look at her words when she saw THIS kingdom! She says…
“I did not believe the words until I came
and saw it with my own eyes;
and indeed the half was not told me.
Your wisdom and prosperity exceed the
fame of which I heard.”
(1 Kings 10:7)
Even she was “blown away” by what she saw! Solomon’s kingdom was so loaded with gold that nothing was made from silver for “silver was counted as nothing in the days of Solomon” (1 Kings 10:21). Imagine that!
Indeed, God uses the grandest earthly riches and colorful words to try to describe heaven’s beauty to us. Yet, I am still persuaded that within the first few seconds of actually seeing it with eternal, spiritual eyes, we will exclaim, “The half has not been told me.”
An entire suitcase of gold is as nothing there, especially when the street is laid with the finest gold ever quarried! And then to see God and our Lord Jesus Christ whose wisdom, splendor, love, and kindness have no equal!
O, for a home with God! Read about it. Ponder it’s majesty. Obey God’s plan of salvation. Live the adventure that leads to the mansions of glory. You will be eternally glad you did.
– Jeff May