DO YOU “REALLY” WANT TO GO TO HEAVEN ? REALLY?
After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne.
Everyone says they want to go to heaven when they die, but do they really? Have you ever thought about heaven? Have you ever really thought about what makes heaven, well, heaven? Is it the eternal part, the no more tears part, or the no poverty or sickness part? If the reason you want to go there is not Jesus Himself, you may want to reconsider. Heaven is heaven because Jesus is there. It will actually be an eternal unveiling of the glory of Christ. If you have not fallen in love with Him here, heaven may not be the place for you. John Piper talked about the greatness of heaven in his book “God’s Passion for His Glory”. Check out this glimpse of the attraction of heaven.
“Heaven will be a never-ending, ever-increasing discovery of more and more of God’s glory with greater and ever-greater joy in him. If God’s glory and our joy in him are one, and yet we are not infinite as he is, then our union with him in the all-satisfying experience of his glory can never be complete, but must be increasing with intimacy and intensity forever and ever. The perfection of heaven is not static. Nor do we see at once all there is to see—for that would be a limit on God’s glorious self-revelation, and therefore, his love. Yet we do not become God. Therefore, there will always be more, and the end of increased pleasure in God will never come.”
Heaven will be a place of ever increasing joy, but not just any joy. This will be an ever increasing joy in God Himself. When you received Christ into your life, you received the first taste of what heaven will be like. It is like nothing this world can offer you. In this life we see shadows or glimpses of His Glory, in the life to come we will be stunned by the Glory of His Majesty. We see hints of what it will be like in our earthly relationships, things like fatherly affection, the loyalty of a lifelong spouse, the joy of parenthood or the contentment being a grandfather. These are just shadows pointing to the real. The day is coming when we will put off these earthly bodies and put on the heavenly, now we see through a glass darkly, but then, face to face. The coming of the Lord is drawing near, the end of the age is at hand. Have you made preparations for the life to come?