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Today is January 17, 2018
Verse of the Day -- Matthew 6:16
. . . do not put on a gloomy face . . .


If you're going to heaven, act like it!


Too often Christians take on the countenance of the world: a look of defeat and no hope. Of course, we're not defeated and we have great hope for the future. Even if things are going badly, we can continue to move forward, putting the past behind us and resting in the fact that God is allowing everything in our lives for His purpose:


. . . forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead. -Philippians 3:13

. . . God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God.-Romans 8:28

As we daily represent the God of the universe, knowing what He has done in our lives, we should wear the opposite of a gloomy face!


Dear Compass,

I have often wondered: If we don't age in heaven, do babies that have gone there always stay babies? And what age will we be? I don't want to live to be 100 if that's what I'm going to look like for eternity!

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The new body believers receive is different than the one we now have here on earth. Although we will have all the knowledge accumulated on earth (Luke 16:28), we will be different physically as we are transformed into a body similar to Jesus' resurrected body:


. . . who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself." -Philippians 3:21

Our new state also will be similar to angels:


. . . in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. -Matthew 22:30

Being compared to angels is not too shabby.

  • Angels are majestic in appearance, "awesome" (Judges 13:6).
  • Angels have great wisdom: "know all that is in the earth" (2 Samuel 14:20).
  • Angels are "mighty in strength" (Psalm 103:20).
But realize we are a higher order than the angels: ". . . we shall judge angels"(1 Corinthians 6:3).

But the most important parts of us, our spirit and soul, have no mass. Our current sinful earthly containers will be done away with when we die and we'll receive new eternal sinless containers in the future.


And I consider it aright, as long as I am in this earthly dwelling, to stir you up by way of reminder, knowing that the laying aside of my earthly dwelling is imminent. . . . -2 Peter 1:13-14

For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. -2 Corinthians 5:1

But for a rough idea in human terminology, we think the men will all be around age 21 and the women age 18. (No, we don't have a verse for that!) :-)


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