“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.” – C.S. Lewis
Last month, my sister and brother-in-law, Nina and Jon, announced that they’re having a baby, and ever since then they’ve methodically rearranged their lives to prepare for the baby. They bought their first house in a nice neighborhood, they bought a bigger and safer car, and these things only touch the surface of what’s changed. In John 14, before Jesus leaves the world, he says, “I go and prepare a place for you.” In Luke 23, Jesus refers to this place as “paradise.” If you think this life has been good to you, it pails in comparison to what happens next.
That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him." (1 Corinthians 2:9, NLT).