In His Word, the Bible,
God has given us a glimpse,
We see now through a veil,
but we still can see the hints.
And hear the whispers spoken
of what’s coming.
To the suf’fring Roman church
Paul wrote to build their strength.
To firmly anchor down their hope
He urged them to do this…
To reckon –
A term that comes from counting,
or from running through the math.
So run the numbers to their end,
and calculate the facts,
take stock of all your inventory,
see where things are at.
Place on one side of these
scales of comparison
all of your struggles,
heartaches and failures,
The heavy stuff of life
in the stressful here and now,
the dirt, the pain, the struggles long
through which our hearts must plough.
Before we count the other side,
Paul wrote another note,
a letter to Colossae
with a sister vein of thought.
He taught them to direct their minds
up from the muck of life,
to set their hearts on things above
and value knowing Christ.
Speaking of which, it was Christ himself
who told us, “seek ye first.”
Seek the treasures of that kingdom,
not the joys of earth.
So on the other side,
on these scales that measure worth,
should we place the glories of the Heavens,
all the joy and mirth,
streets of gold, and mansions,
life eternal without sin,
a city filled with peace and grace
for time without an end?
“But just a minute.
Something doesn’t seem to sit quite right.
I thought these things – the joy,
the peace from trials, were the birthright.
I thought the worth of things above
was the things above.
Why ask if they should don the scales?
Would they not measure up?”
The simplest answer is a ‘yes.’
They’d surely outperform.
The scales would tip decisively,
But that is not the problem.
The problem is that in this counting
measurements of worth,
the source of value has not yet
been factored or brought forth.
Each one of Heaven’s joys
has value without measured price.
That value, though, is not intrinsic,
all their source of worth is Christ!
If we could somehow know the wealth of Heaven
the value in our treasure gained
would fully be deceased.
Our peace will come from knowing Him,
the perfect Prince of Peace.
He will be our joy
He will be our hope
And He will be our light, our wealth, our song!
So, tip the scales! Rejoice,
despite the heaviness of life.
Take an inventory.
You own, right now,
a treasure beyond worth in Jesus Christ!
One second’s worth of peeking
at the glory of His face,
will “all the toils of life repay,”
and “sorrows all erase.”