Read it! Revelation 22
And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads.
And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—
for the Lord God will shine on them.
And they will reign forever and ever.
Think it through
I’m excited about Heaven—like, really excited. Sometimes I can’t wait to be with Jesus and see what it’s like there.
Even more, I’m anxious for Jesus to come back! Recently we were eating dinner as a family and I said, “Wouldn’t it be cool if Jesus came back and we got to go with Him right now?” My oldest son said, “Definitely!…I just want to go to Disney first.”
From the mouths of babes! This is the dichotomy of the true Christian heart: Christians are ready to die—but we want to live. We find joy in our families and other blessings. We glorify God with our work. And we want to tell others about Christ so they can join us someday in the full presence of our Savior!
God chooses the number of our days, not us. As long as He leaves us on Earth, living the sweet life with Him, it’s because we have a purpose here. You are significant to His plan. You’re living in union with Christ, and He’s given you work to do. In Christ, you are completely, fully alive!
And because of Him, we have an amazing eternity in store.
Live it like you mean it
Are you really excited about Heaven? If not, check out what the Bible really has to say about it.
“Worried Heaven will be boring? Not a chance! Heaven will be amazing—more than we could ask or imagine. We’ll have praises to sing, work to do, and time just to be with Jesus!
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. —Revelation 21:4″
And, do you see shades of Heaven here, like looking through a mirror darkly?
“Believe God is in All Things: in nature… and in us.
For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and the sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature. So they have not excuse for not knowing God.—Romans 1:20”
My challenge, for you and for me, this week is to spend some time outside, or even inside with photos of your travels, looking for God. Look for our God of order and peace in His creation; look for shades of Heaven here. If this is what we see in our fallen, groaning world, imagine what’s in store for us! The wonder of it!
Embrace both sides of the sweet life: Find hope and joy in Him for this life, and the next!
Lift it up
Lord, as I live my small life, I can forget about Your majesty. Your glory surrounds me and I fail to see it; Your full glory awaits me and I forget it’s coming! Open my eyes today, Lord, and help me to be inspired by Your creation. Let my divided heart long to be with You in Heaven and yearn to stay and do my work for You. Pour out Your hope, joy, and vision upon me. Thank You for Your presence in my life now, and for the day I will stand before You in Your full presence. I love you so. Amen
Tell Me About It
What are you looking forward to most about Heaven?
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