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Heaven isn’t what you think

March 9, 2010

Growing up, I heard that in heaven I would worship God all the time, throughout eternity, f-o-r-e-v-e-r… I pictured harps, angels, clouds and the ability to fly. I always wanted to fly as a little girl (still do).

My mom taught me that God was going to build a new city, a new Jerusalem for us here on earth one day. And I especially liked the part about there being streets of gold.

But I also know that there is so much more that my mind has never conceived about what heaven will be like. All throughout the Old and New Testament, God talks about a kingdom that he is building on earth. And I’m just now starting to grasp that he is, as we speak, preparing a real place for you and I- his people, his church- the bride of Christ.

There will be no need for the sun or moon to shine on this city because the glory of God gives it light. His glory will consume the new city and we will see it fully. We will finally be with the One we’ve been waiting for. He will wipe away our tears. There will be no more death, sorrow, crying, or pain. The former things will pass away and all things will be made new (see Revelation 21). The greatest sins we struggle with will be no more. We will partake in the ultimate wedding feast as sons and daughters of the King.

Hell too is a real place that is so awful, where there is “weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt. 13:36-42) because God’s presence will not be there. Those who reject his Son will be outside the gates of the holy city- unable to join in on the celebration. And to not be with God is the worst punishment anyone could ever receive. That’s why he desires that everyone would turn to him for life and salvation.

As believers, we have lots to look forward to in the future. No matter what frustration, hurt, or sorrow we face in daily life, we know that in the end, we will be with God in the new city- one that will be unlike anything we’ve ever tasted, touched, seen, heard, or read. Even our greatest imaginations of what we think heaven will be like, won’t even come close to its splendor.

I can’t wait for that city!

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 9, 2010 10:09 am

    Very appropriate thoughts to re-orient our thoughts and affections to what is important and eternal.

  2. March 9, 2010 10:14 am

    And great photo, too.

  3. March 9, 2010 10:37 am

    Yes, reorienting our thoughts and affections- you couldn’t have said it better. If an eternal perspective only came as natural as breathing… I’m really praying that eternity will be stamped on my heart more often.

  4. March 9, 2010 2:35 pm

    just amazing.

    you know, i’ve often thought about how earth and heaven are real, real places, that coexist, that heaven is tangible, not figurative and “in the clouds” somewhere. and that the earth isn’t just going to be a piece of trash one day, but that it will be restored. there is so much about heaven that i just can’t rightly imagine, but i’m content in knowing that i’ll fully experience it one day.

  5. Jeremiah Krieger permalink
    March 9, 2010 3:47 pm

    Hey babe,

    This is a great post and is so encouraging. Heaven is going to be more awsome than we can imagine. It will make our faithfulness through the tough times worth it all. There will be nothing like the glory of God that we will experience in his presence.

  6. March 11, 2010 3:40 pm

    I like the post and your child like faith comes shining through. It is very encouraging and uplifting to read other peoples view points about heaven. Jesus said that when we die we are equal to angels. I pray that God finds me worthy to enter into his kingdom.

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