We’re told that in heaven the most precious goods are common so that building materials are made of gold, angels are doormen, and the tree of life is always in bloom. If that is so, then will not precious deeds be common also? Will not love be the rule in that city? Will not kindness be the norm? Will not service be habitual? Will not truth be on every tongue?
Yes, indeed. “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Rev. 21:8). All the things that make city life contemptible are absent from this city. All the vices that make civilization so uncivilized are no more.
However, the City of God will not just be noted for the absence of vice, but for the abundance of virtue present. May I suggest for your serious reflection that if you are not practiced in virtue, if holiness is not your habit, if love is not your motive, if truth is not characteristic of your thoughts and your speech, if service is not your first love—you’ll not like this city. Because I’m pleased to tell you that in the City of God, not only are the streets golden, but so are the hearts of its people.