“Those who are finally admitted into the Father’s House in eternity are those who live in His House in this world and are faithful as servants in the house of the Lord, “which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3.15). Only those who keep the faith, who endure to the end, will be saved. Heaven, therefore, will be made up of heroes, those who have stood the test, who have fought the good fight, and come up through great tribulations. It will be a glorious company, a sacramental host of the redeemed out of every nation and kindred and tongue. What a glory it will be to stand among such a triumphant throng! In holy array we shall come before the king; He will receive us with His blessing, wipe all tears from our eyes, and “sorrow and sighing shall flee away”. Jesus, the Lamb Himself, will lead us, and we shall “walk with Him in white”. There will be work for us to do, for we read that “His servants shall serve Him” (Revelation 22.3). What it will be we do not know, but we shall be happy, and it will be work in which we delight, and no languor shall assail us. “We shall work for an age at a sitting and never grow tired at all.” With such a prospect before us, we can bear the heartaches, handicaps, and disappointments of this life, knowing they are but for a moment and work out for us a “far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4.16-18). “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8.18).
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He is fitting up my mansion, Which eternally shall stand;
For my stay shall not be transient, In that holy, happy land.
Pain and sickness ne’er shall enter, Grief nor woe my lot shall share;
But in that celestial center, I a crown of life shall wear.”
Excerpt from “Be Not Dismayed”, pp151-152. Brother Charles R. Brewer. Copyright 1946. World Vision Publishing Company