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HOPE

JONATHAN FITZGERALD

II Corinthians 5:8

We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

We have all seen the paintings of heaven consisting of people in white robes, sitting on clouds, strumming on a harp. Is this what Christians have to look forward to? Won’t it be so boring? And an even better question is who even wants to play a harp? Growing up, I did not want to go to heaven. I was so scared to die because I thought all there was waiting for me was endless singing, which is so dull.

But it won’t be like that at all. We have bought so much into this watered down, weird view of heaven from movies, paintings, and even the heaven visitation books, that we don’t even desire it anymore. But these are lies, and I believe it is an effective tool of the enemy. If he can get us to desire our earthly existence more than heaven then we lose our heavenly mindset and lose sight of what matters most.

The truth is, heaven will be unlike anything we, or our culture, can ever come close to dreaming up. It is a place devoid of sin, sadness and pain, a place where we will be in the presence of God. His future for us is the definition of perfection, it isn’t sitting on clouds plunking away on a goofy instrument–though if you would like to sit and play a harp I’m sure you will be able to do that too. We will have new bodies, there will be a new creation, and we will be reunited with our loved ones. It will be, well, heaven. Not to mention the best part, living with our Creator.

So don’t fear the future and don’t lose sight of heaven; otherwise, you will live your life with both feet planted firmly on earth, which fades more and more each day. Keep your eyes on Jesus and his promises and you will find yourself living more than ever before.

QUESTION 1. What is your view of heaven? Has it been skewed by what you read and watch?
QUESTION 2. What does the Bible say about heaven? Look it up; there is nothing there about hanging out on puffy clouds.
CHALLENGE: If you are uncertain or even fearful about heaven, look to God’s word and what he says about our future. Don’t look to earthly books about spending 23 minutes in heaven, or 15 minutes or whatever it may be. Instead, look only to Jesus and his promises.