Heaven is the real deal, the eternal dwelling place. Earth is the temporary dwelling place. Heaven is the original, and Earth is the copy. Take the best things you have ever seen or felt on this earth, the best days of your life, whether it was your wedding day or the birth of a child or a special moment with someone you love, and these were simply glimpses of glory, tastes of what is to come.
C. S. Lewis wrote in Letters to Malcom
, "The hills and valleys of Heaven will be to those you now experience not as a copy is to an original, but as the flower to the root, or the diamond to the coal."
The Bible tells us that one day as believers, we will stand before the judgment seat of Christ, also known as the Bema Seat, where believers will receive rewards for their faithfulness to God. Paul wrote to the churches of Galatia, "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart" (Galatians 6:9).
And we are also reminded in 1 Corinthians 3:8, "Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor."
Yes, there is a reward. And this should cause us to want to do everything we can for God's glory. As I have often said, we can't take it with us, but we can send it on ahead. Every investment we make of our lives for God's glory will result in an eternal reward: the giving of our time, the use of our gifts, the investment of our resources. By being faithful to the Lord, we are laying up treasure in Heaven for ourselves.