Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. (Matthew 25:34, NIV)
If we learn that God has prepared a kingdom and eternal life for us, our gaze and purpose of life will change. The blessings He gives us now are precious, but the blessings of eternal life He will give in heaven are much more valuable. Our life may be one hundred years if we live long, but the life after that is eternal. It is the same as understanding that you cannot count the end of the universe when you look up to the sky, although the earth looks broad when you look at it. Once you know the vastness of the universe, you will realize the earth is tiny in the universe. Likewise, once you realize the eternal life in heaven, you will prepare for it with your all things.
In 2 Corinthians 12, the apostle Paul testified that he had witnessed the third heaven, paradise. Paul did not accurately describe what it looked like. But it was mentioned indirectly in verses 6–7 about how beautiful and peaceful it is and how rich it is compared to the earth.
Paul wanted to tell much about the great and beautiful things he witnessed in paradise. He was also eager to boast that it was the place for him to live forever, but he refrained from too much explanation about it. It would not be easy to refrain from telling about what he saw. The Bible recorded that the Lord gave Paul a thorn in his flesh because it kept him from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations. The purpose of his suffering was to make Paul humble about what he had seen and received. The things he witnessed could have been big and beautiful enough to make him arrogant.
“Our vision and attitudes of life must change once we realize the eternal life.”
Paul became more confident of what man should live for through his experience. In Romans 8:18, he said that our sufferings for Jesus cannot be compared with the glory that will appear to us. The reason he said so and kept preaching the gospel through his life was that he was sure of a great reward God would give him and the things he would enjoy in heaven. If we see that this heaven is granted not only to Paul but to all of us, our vision and attitudes about life will change. Moreover, our entire attitude of our lives and our viewpoint of investment are bound to change for eternal life based on the word of the Lord: “A man reaps what he sows.”