Monday, August 25, 2008

What is Heaven like? The conclusion

For those of you who have taken this Heaven-bound journey with me, we've learned a few things about our Home. I call it Home because I want to start thinking of it as such. Home is a place where we all feel comfortable, where we can be ourselves, relax, enjoy life, hang out with friends and family, eat our favorite foods, entertain guests. It is a place of comfort and rest and fun--a place we long for when we're not there. If you don't have an earthly home like that, rest assured you have a heavenly one! This earth is not our home. We are only traveling through and I firmly believe that the more we grasp that, the better the journey will be.

As we've seen, Heaven is a glorious place. We will have bodies that never get sick or tired or grow old. We will eat and drink and have parties with our friends. We will work and create things that give our lives meaning and fulfillment. We will read and learn and play sports and watch movies and do all the wonderful things we enjoy here on this earth, but at a much higher level. We will be surrounded by such beauty that this earth will pale in comparison. We'll play with animals, have our pets with us. All our dreams will be fulfilled!

Now, in light of that, how then should we live?

Suppose you and a bunch of other people are all invited to a huge mansion for a week and told that in order to be happy you had to go through the rooms and get as much stuff as you could. The catch was, you had to fight against the other people in order to get the things you wanted. But suppose that at the end of the week you knew you had to relinquish everything you had gathered before you left the mansion. Now, also suppose that you were told that if you spent the week getting to know the Master of the mansion and speaking with him, following him around and doing what he said, that when you left at the end of the week, there would be a chest full of treasure waiting for you outside the door that you could take with you. Which would you choose?

Since nothing we have or can gain on this earth lasts except the things we do for God, and this life is but a blip on the screen of eternity, it would make sense to spend our time here following Jesus and obeying and trusting Him. Anything else is a waste of our time. As we saw, we will be rewarded in Heaven with greater joys and responsibilities depending on what we do here on earth. So, what are we waiting for? Let's start storing up our treasures in heaven.

Matthew 6:19-20 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 2 Peter 3:13-14

Make a daily effort to focus on Heaven and what it will be like. I guarantee that soon the things of this world will lose their allure.

1 comment:

  1. thank you for this series I've not only enjoyed it but learned a lot. :)