In this clip from Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Sir Walter Raleigh has the Queen at the edge of her seat as he shares the experience of finding the New World after a long sea voyage. As you watch this film clip, consider that the land on the horizon for which he is describing as your promised land. That is; the plan and reward that God has uniquely set before for you.
Can you feel the excitement from the Queen as she imagines what the explorer is describing? The hope, the newness, and even the scariness of the adventure is all so captivating. Such is the plan that God has for every believer. It is your new world.
The term "promised land" is used more than 300 times in the Bible referencing promises of God’s great inheritance. The "promised land" included three things; God’s Presence, Property and People. In the days of the Old Testament, the focus of the inheritance was external riches. While in the post resurrection of Jesus times, the focus is on internal riches through the Holy Spirit.
In both cases, there will be:
If we want to reach our promised land today, we must live out the big and unique plan God has promised for each of us with the power of the Holy Spirit. Our heavenly inheritance is based upon it. What happens here on earth will affect your final resting place in heaven.
If you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you will live in heaven forever. This is a free gift. You are saved by faith and not by works. Your heavenly rewards, however, are earned by living a life of obedience and following the plans that God has for you. If you live a life purposed to serve God and do his will, then you will have much better accommodations when you get to heaven. If you accept Christ and live your own way, don’t follow His perfect plan for you and keep your Savior a best kept secret, your rewards will be much less than if you had followed his plans. Maximus said this best in the movie Gladiator “What we do in life echoes in eternity.”
Are you living the life that God has planned for you? Can you see your promised land on the horizon?