Have to contribute the idea of this post to a Pastor of mine who teaches an amazing Through the Bible Series. He asked the question, mostly as an aside and at the end of class, but I can’t stop thinking about it. He asked, “So what is the currency of Heaven?” Is it gold? Of course not, for the very streets of Heaven are gold (Rev 21:21b ‘The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass’) How about precious jewels? No..for in Rev 21:18-21a, Scripture lists all the precious jewels (sapphire, jasper, emerald, pearls, etc) that are used as building material for the wall of the city of God, so that’s not it. Paper money or coins? Nope, no mention of them in Heaven. So what exactly does God use as His Almighty Value System? Something He has put such great worth on that He has spent vast amounts of time and energy upon since the fall of man in Genesis 3. (I would say all His energy, but God is infinite and to even assume that His time and energy could be measured is just pure foolishness.)
God’s value system is people. You and me. Your friends and your kids and the people who go to your church. But I want you to stop and think what this really means because it’s not that neat and tidy. People means everyone. Your neighbor next door with the barking dog, your mean boss, the guy in the truck that cut you off, the homeless beggar that sleeps at the park. Every person you can think of that you encounter in your sphere of life, and their sphere, and then keep going. It’s impossible to imagine, and yet it’s true. Even those who you have judged unlovely, He loves. Okay, you tell yourself, so He’s God and He can love who He wants…what does that have to do with me? Well, only everything. For when Jesus was here, He was asked the question, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” And Jesus replied “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:36-37, 39) If we want to call ourselves Christian, we ought to really pay attention to what Christ said, shouldn’t we?
He Himself spent significant amounts of His time feeding thousands of people, healing the wounded, giving sight to the blind, comforting those afflicted and outcast by their own community. ‘But Jesus is God and He performed miracles and life is hard and my time is too precious to spend on people not in my family and besides I have to work’…sound like familiar excuses?
But are you really too busy to smile at the man at the bus stop? Too busy to hold a door open for the lady with her hands full? Too much in a hurry to let the person with less items go ahead of you at the grocery store? Too rushed to let that other guy go first at the stop light? If Jesus valued people enough to die for us, and God valued people enough to sacrifice His Son to redeem us back to Himself, and if Jesus said that those judged righteous will be those who feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, invite the stranger in, clothe those that need, take care of the sick and visit those in prison (Matthew 25:34-40), then shouldn’t we be using the same value system? For in that way, we are storing up treasures in Heaven and amassing the greatest currency of all…Love.