Yesterday I wrote a post about how hell is a real place. It’s only fair to follow it up with the fact that heaven is equally real. Here is a fact I don’t think enough about, according to the Bible. Usually it’s a pretty good authority.
Paul especially seems concerned that we think about heavenly things. But then again, so did Jesus. He is, after all, the One who told us about the place being prepared for us. I guess you could argue that thinking about the reality of heaven keeps us from focusing on the reality of life. In a way, you could say that thinking on heaven is a way to medicate ourselves from our pain. But I don’t think so. I don’t think God would prescribe medication like that.
So here are a few reasons I see profit in spending regular time dwelling on heaven’s realities.
1. To keep us from loving our stuff. There’s no trailers behind hearses; there’s no pockets in funeral suits. Heaven is better anyway, so do I really need a new shirt? Or a Vespa?
2. To provide hope. God knows we need it. That’s what Paul did in Romans 8 – he held up his sufferings, which were quite alot, and said that the glory waiting for us makes these light afflictions pale in comparison.
3. To motivate us to action. Heaven is a place where the rule of God is recognized fully and completely. And we are supposed to pray, and act, in such a way as to bring God’s will about on earth as it is in heaven. If we spent time thinking about how things will be, then we can be moved to change the way things are.
4. To remind us just who we’re dealing with. C.S. Lewis, in The Weight of Glory reminded us that “You have never talked to a mere mortal. It is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit.” Dwelling on heaven makes us realize the importance of the people around us. They are immortal, and they should be treated with respect and dignity.
There’s lots more; I’d love for you to add your own. For now, I’m just glad I’m going there.