In heaven, some will have more fun than others. Jesus does nothing to equalize his followers in heaven; and he finds that good.
How else can you interpret passages like:
““And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.” Matthew 25:15, NKJV.
Heaven abounds with inequality. Of course, I’m talking about heavenly REWARD–not to be confused with salvation. SALVATION makes all believers equal with one another. We’re at the same starting line.
Then, our unequal growth and responsiveness to the Lordship of Jesus makes us unequal as time goes by. And this inequality is projected into heaven, where it is magnified and made permanent. How? By the distribution of heavenly rewards.
Jesus is the great unEQualizer. We see this in other places too.
““but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Matthew 6:20, NKJV.
“for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:11, NKJV.
“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12, NKJV.
““And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’” ““Likewise he said to him, ‘You also be over five cities.’” Luke 19:17, 19, NKJV.
That’s enough for now. The fact is that in heaven, we’re unequal. Equally saved but unequally rewarded. Equally blessed, but unequally able to enjoy/experience the blessing.
That motivates me. It’s supposed to. I picture it this way: a huge pile of gifts awaits me in heaven. By my spiritual growth on earth, I develop a capacity to enjoy and utilize those gifts–like my kids are developing a capacity to use their bikes. Right now, a ten speed bike (which is a cool gift) would be wasted on them. They have to grow into it. The blessings of heaven are the same. They’re mine, but unless I’ve grown into them, they’re wasted on me. I won’t EXPERIENCE all that God has prepared for me–all that Jesus procured for me through his atoning work.
If I fail to grow toward maturity, when I finally go to heaven and receive my final evaluation, I will hang my head in shame and embarrassment at what could have been. That alone is the source of embarrassment for Christians at the final judgment:
And… did you notice that the condition of confidence is ABIDING! Which brings us back to my previous blogs about the kingdom of God within. In the next blog, more about abiding, and the conditions of full reward in heaven.