The more time goes on, the more I find myself thinking about, longing for and looking forward to heaven. I know I’m far from being the only one. Heaven is our true home, and all Christians should be excited about going home some day.
D.L. Moody once observed, “God never made a promise that was too good to be true.” And that also goes for His promise of Heaven, where for over 2000 years Jesus has been preparing a place for all those who are a part of His bride. It’s hard not to think about all the things that will be and won’t be there. I have a pretty good imagination, but I know my wildest one couldn’t conceive of all that waits for us in our Father’s house. I do know a lot of things of this world that won’t be there though, and I am looking forward to that more and more too. Sin, jealousy, spite, selfishness, self gratification, self seeking, ego, pettiness, need for power and position, self glorification, pride…. will cease to be. No more thoughtless words we can’t take back, no more grief, pain, anxiety…. no more physical ailments, depression, oppression or fear.
Some folks would look at that and think ‘escapism’. C.S. Lewis had something to say to that argument, “A continual looking forward to the eternal world is not a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do.”
Yep, I’m looking forward to escaping all that I am still in this life, and all the evil things going on. Puritan preacher Thomas Watson put it this way, “Soon the battle will be over. It will not be long now before the day will come when Satan will no longer trouble us. There will be no more domination, temptation, accusation, or confrontation. Our warfare will be over and our commander, Jesus Christ, will call us away from the battlefield to receive the victor’s crown.”
I know that all my focus should be on seeing Jesus face to face- and believe me, I am so looking forward to that more than anything else. I do hope to hear that which all born again believers want to hear,
But I also know I will find out how many opportunities I missed, things I could have done more but didn’t, give more and loved more… However ours is a gracious and merciful, loving and compassionate Lord. He will still receive even the least of us because of what He did on that cross so long ago. Thank You Jesus. I look forward to finally being home.
Until then, I’m so grateful for all He has done for me in my life- part of which is right here, and getting to listen to His word taught every Sunday. Please share your Sunday messages, and have a listen to some as well. I know that there is always something from His Word that we can be comforted by or need.
Have a beautiful day all.