What Will Your Robe Look Like?
By Carin LeRoy –
When I was a little girl learning about heaven, I was fascinated by the fact that someday God would pass out rewards to those who had lived life well on earth. I would imagine heaven as having big puffy clouds, angels, and God sitting on a huge gold throne with a beautiful flowing robe. I thought our rewards would be crowns, gold boxes and other wonderful things.I also thought how well we lived life for God would be marked by a garment to wear in heaven. Everyone would receive a long white robe which had varying degrees of beauty. Those who had done well on earth and lived for God would get a beautifully white pressed robe. They could walk around heaven displaying it, and everyone would know how good they had been. Then others, who had made a few mistakes and hadn’t lived as upright, would get a garment with some wrinkles on it. Lastly, would be those who had dingy white crumpled robes. It was obvious they had done poorly, but at least they’d made it to heaven.
In my childish mind, I wanted the beautiful white pressed robe, not a dingy crumpled one. I wanted everyone to know I had lived my life well for God. I certainly didn’t want to wear a wrinkled one for all of eternity! Although my theology at such a young age was hardly accurate, the concept was there: God would give us rewards for the work we’d done on earth (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).
Our society draws us to an earthly life, rather than a heavenly one. Yet, our life here is but a dot compared to all of eternity. Heaven and rewards are taught throughout Scripture. Faithfulness, obedience and humility before God are rewarded in heaven. God sees whether our actions are counting towards eternity with Him: “Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for Thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give everyone according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 32:19, KJV). Let’s focus more on obtaining eternal treasures to be enjoyed forever, than on the temporal pleasures this world offers. What are we doing today that will count for eternity?
PRAYER: Lord, help me live my life with eternity’s perspective. Keep me mindful that earth is my temporary home, but life with You is forever. Make my life count.
“I, the Lord, probe into people’s minds. I examine people’s hearts. I deal with each person according to how he has behaved. I give them what they deserve based on what they have done” (Jeremiah 17:10, NET).
Today’s devotional is written by Carin LeRoy, wife to Dale and mother of three grown children and one almost-grown teenager. She has been a missionary with PIONEERS since 1982 and loves to write in order to encourage others to live life well for God.