”Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven,
–Matthew 5:12 NIV
Christians tend to think of heaven in future terms. We look forward to the day we “get” to heaven. Don’t get me wrong, I get that. I think of heaven in the same way, but Jesus reminds us in the Beatitudes that heaven’s reward is ours RIGHT NOW. Heaven isn’t something we get, it’s something we have. It’s like holding the title to real property but not being there. The land, the home, the building is YOURS, you’re just not there yet. Today is Reformation Day and one of the great truths of the Reformation is that Jesus’ death paid the price for your sins. Past tense. Jesus has already paid the price. That means through faith the joy of heaven is yours right now. Present tense. Regardless of your current circumstance, happy, sad, encouraged, depressed, cling to Jesus. Through faith in Him, you are able to rejoice and be glad right now because great IS your reward in heaven!