There will be no egos in Heaven
Published 7:58 am Thursday, September 1, 2022
From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
Dear Rev. Graham: I hear a lot of people talk about Heaven and the streets that are paved with gold and the gates of pearl and about crowns being passed out, but there aren’t too many that talk about worshiping Jesus. Is Heaven about us or about Christ? – H.W.
Dear H.W.: There will be no egos in Heaven. “Nothing impure will ever enter [Heaven], nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful” (Revelation 21:27, NIV).
When we reach Heaven, there will be no opportunity to brag of our exploits, our ambitions, or the joys of our pleasure; but we will have eternity to rejoice in how the Lord blessed our lives in the midst of hardship and blessing. We will fully understand that it was Christ who lived in us and glorified Himself in our weaknesses. We will be blessed to serve our Lord and Savior.
Moses gave up all earthly glory and possessions to identify with God’s people. He was the adopted child of an Egyptian princess, but he gave up the kingdom and crown of Egypt to be a child of God. He was educated in the finest schools, but he gave up the prestige to learn the wisdom of God. Moses gave up the royal scepter to be rich in God’s law. The prophet was known as a shepherd, a leader, a deliverer, a lawgiver, and a judge. But Moses said, “O my Lord, I am… Your servant” (Exodus 4:10); and when he died, God spoke of him as, “Moses My servant” (Joshua 1:2).
It may take a lifetime to accumulate wealth, but it can vanish in the blink of an eye. While the Bible teaches us to store up treasures in Heaven, the greatest treasure is in knowing that we will be rewarded by His very presence — forevermore.
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)