I used to look at real estate ads, thinking about which homes I liked, which features I liked, what each lacked, how I’d modify it if I had time and money. Recently, I’ve been seeing empty buildings and thinking about what I could do with those empty shells. I see well built homes and buildings, excellent for conversion to a secure residence, or a small business, or a senior center … unless I win the lottery, it won’t happen in this life.
But there’s a home waiting for us when we get to Heaven. Remember King Jesus’ promise: “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” (John 14:1-4)
What will those homes be like? When I look at the size of the universe, I get the impression that God’s idea of a “room” is a little larger than ours, LOL. God isn’t miserly with space. He thinks of distance in terms of millions of light-years.
We can only extrapolate based on what we know. I’m not saying that what follows is the way it will be, but I think there are parallels that make me, at least, look forward to it with eagerness.
Neighbors – we all want good neighbors. On earth that’s not guaranteed. In Heaven it is. That’s a major worry we will no longer have! All our neighbors will be like having Jesus living next door. “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” (1st John 3:2) That’s all I need to know!
What about the neighborhood? Really, what would you expect when all your neighbors are like Jesus? LOL!
What about the quality? Will these “rooms” be like a cheap boarding house? Of course not! The God of the Bible loves beauty and craftsmanship!
“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made … ” (Romans 1:20) The world God gave us is saturated with beauty and astonishing precision and harmony. Through a microscope or telescope, God is telling us everywhere, always, that He is a bioengineer, an artist, a craftsman, a scientist, a geologist … And He has interwoven thousands of mysteries with His Creation for those who like puzzles or detective stories to solve: “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the glory of kings is to search out a thing.” Proverbs 25:2. “
Johann Kepler coined a phrase that became a motto that was adopted by many Christian scientists … ‘thinking God’s thoughts after Him.’ He also believed that scientists must guard against the propensity to ‘glorify our own minds instead of giving God the glory.’ ”
Look at the description of the Promised Land:
“… a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey…” (Exodus 3:8)
“… a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant …” (Deuteronomy 6:10-11)
“So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.” (Joshua 24:13)
I heard some fast-and-sloppy thinker say the other day that in Heaven “Everything you could ever want will be provided. Every need you have will be taken care of.”
What about the need to create, to do something meaningful? What about the desire to customize], to “make a house a home”? To create art or music? I think we’ll find that there are some unfinished spaces in these rooms we’ll be living in! You might want to change the wallpaper once in a while. You might study physics or chemistry and decide to modify part of your “room” to suit that purpose.
If Heaven were just a happy playground, all “vacation” and no labor, I think we’d all be going nuts before too long.
If you’ve never been on a farm, or never done any beekeeping, you might think that represents the Heavenly equivalent of prepared food delivered to your door. HA! Take a look at this page for an understanding of just how much labor is involved in preparing honey for use. It’s sometimes necessary to remove a little moisture. It’s always necessary to filter it, and remove it from the combs unless you want to chew on beeswax. There’s a lot more to it. And if you want to be creative, you could try to duplicate the wonderful, unique taste of Downey’s Honey Butter, cinnamon or vanilla. You might even give up pure honey after you taste Downey’s creation.
If you want honey butter, you’ve got to make butter! Milk the cows. Cool the milk to 45 degrees F (7 degrees C) within 2 hours of milking. Churn it. Pasteurize it.
Want cheese? More work. Cottage cheese! Goat cheese! Swiss! American! Cheddar! Gourmets will have a world to enjoy and Eternity in which to do it.
An eternity without politicians, taxes, regulations, disease, pain, old age, grief, death, covid, masks, fatigue …
Before the fall, the ground was not cursed, and Adam and Eve’s biology was different. Our biology will again be different: “… the body that is ‘sown’ [that dies] is perishable; it is raised imperishable. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory! It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power! It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.” (1st Corinthians 15:42-44)
Flesh and blood can’t inherit the Kingdom of God: “I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen! I am telling you a mystery! We will not all sleep [die] but we will all be changed!” (1st Corinthians 15:50-51)
We have no idea what we ourselves are going to be like, but we know that God has prepared bodies for us that are capable of the joys and the challenges in the Kingdom of God.
So I have to ask: are you ready to go there? Is your citizenship in Heaven? There is only one way to get there:
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ “ (John 14:6)