Thursday, August 18, 2016

What if Your Vision of Heaven is All Wrong?

If you went out and asked ten people "What is heaven to you?" you would probably get ten different answers. And they would probably be along the lines of:
  • "A place where I can eat all I want, of whatever I want, never exercise, and stay a perfect size 8."
  • "Endless time and a mountain of books."
  • "The end of suffering and pain."
  • "One big, long party!"
  • "Being the star player on the team that everyone adores."
I know that I remember thinking about the passage where Jesus tells the Sadducees, "in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven." (Matthew 22:30) On reading that, I thought, how could it be heaven if I'm not with Jim? But just like the people above, I had a wrong idea of heaven.


Photo Credit: My friend, Joy Delzer

I was using the word heaven as an idea. One of the dictionary definitions of heaven is "a state of supreme bliss." You see, I thought heaven was all about me.

The Bible teaches us that Heaven is a very real place, not an idea or a state of being. And it is definitely not about me...or you. It is a place where those who go there will live in perfect communion with God and worship Him. It's about God.

The Bible tells us that all tears will be wiped away (Revelation 21:4) and in His "presence is fullness of joy" (Psalm 16:11). So we will be happy, but our happiness will come from God Himself. 

In fact, we won't be worried about the injustices we experienced on earth, or the difficulties we encountered, or even mourning those who are not saved because our focus will be on God.

I'm pretty sure that in that "twinkling of an eye" between life on earth and heaven our priorities will change completely. Everything that was so important on earth will suddenly become so insignificant we will wonder why we ever wasted a thought on it. Every. Single. Thing. 

So the big question for me is why do I spend so much energy planning, worrying, fretting, and protecting? I need a better vision of heaven, but more than that I need a better relationship with God. When He becomes the most important thing in my life, then everything else falls into proper perspective. Including my idea of heaven.


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This was not intended to be a treatise on heaven. 
Just a motivation for us all to get to know God 
and know what we are looking forward to.


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6 comments:

  1. Comforting thoughts & good encouragement at the end of your post. Thank you!

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  2. Hi Sharon
    These are all such good points to remember. Well said!
    Catherine (newest follower of your blogging adventures!) :) :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Catherine! Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to realize.

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  3. This is an extremely thoughtful post. Heaven isn't just an idea -- it's real. Great post!

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  4. Great verses and reminders in this post!

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  5. Love this post! Such a great challenge on the perspectives that we have that doesn't necessarily just apply to our view of heaven but to so many other things as well. Thank you for sharing that.

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