The glory of eternity
Will not be like the things we see
And love so dearly here and now.
It's not just upgraded somehow.
The glory of eternity--
The greatest glory we may see--
Will not be relatives and kin
And won't just be the lack of sin.
The glory of eternity,
The best of all there'll be to see,
Will be to see the living God
And not be burned like bone-dry sod.
To see our savior face to face
And know the power of his grace--
To fellowship and eat and live
Where Christ himself will always live--
Ah, that's the prize to which we're called.
That's the greatest thing of all.
Yes, that's the greatest joy to see:
Christ's glory, for eternity.
Beloved, we are God's children now,
and what we will be has not yet appeared;
but we know that when he appears we shall be like him,
because we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:2 ESV)
In the essay I've linked to below, Evan Kneis includes this memorable paragraph:
If one does not have sight of Christ’s glory here on earth, they won’t have it after. Heaven isn’t a golf course, a big lake with an uncountable amount of fish, a football field, etc. It isn’t merely a family reunion or the absence of sin, evil, and suffering. Heaven is primarily where the glory of Christ dwells abundantly! And it is utterly satisfying (Ps. 16:11). Heaven is all about Jesus! If you don’t want Jesus, you’re not going to Heaven! It’s that simple! How horrible it is to say that one who doesn’t want Christ is going to Heaven. This is a sobering thought. If golf is your supreme treasure, then you’re going to hell. Christ is the gift of Heaven.