They will see his face. (Rev. 22:4)
What do you do when you are unhappy with life? Do you rob the company you work for? That is the decision an employee of an armored car company made. He believed he had devised the perfect plan. He would wait in the office until it was closed, wedge the vault door open, and remove the tapes from what he believed were the only two security camaras (there were three). After stealing and hiding $17 million, he fled the country to live the life of his dreams. However, the dream became a nightmare, as he spent most days looking over his shoulder. Within a few months, he was arrested. During his time in prison, he realized that money does not make you happy.
Where does happiness come from? Jesus shared a list called the Beatitudes. Each one begins with the word blessed, which can mean happy. Matthew 5:8 says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Happiness, found in a pure heart, actually gives access to God. In fact, Jesus said in Revelation 22:4 that we will “see his face.” These words create a picture of intimacy. In the consummated kingdom, we will know him, and more importantly, he will know us. Isaiah 43:1 states, “This what the LORD says . . . ‘Do not fear for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name.’”
He knows your name—tell God something you have never shared.
T. J. Albertson has pastored in The Wesleyan Church for eighteen years, the last sixteen in interchurch service. He loves teaching the whole Bible and its relevance to life.
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