Good Morning December 18

Yesterday I wrote about the Christmas event fitting us for heaven, and said that we should think eternally. Unfortunately, this opens up a lot of confused and conflicting ideas in people’s minds. Heaven means having to die first. People do everything possible to hold that off. Then there are false ideas about what heaven is – an eternal family reunion, an unending worship service, or wearing a white robe and having wings. Yes, these are a bit of comic book imagery, but not unlike many people’s ideas of heaven. They are not all that appealing. But think about what Jesus offered His disciple when He called them. They were to walk in close fellowship with One who loved them, and worked to bring out the best in their lives. They would be continually growing in understanding many of the deep questions of creation and life. They would have challenges that would stretch them personally, giving them many satisfying accomplishments. All of this continues in the sinless realm of heaven. Now we only see through a glass dimly. Paul says further that “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”(I Corinthians 2:9) Our times are in God’s hands. We will enter His Kingdom when He is ready for us, but it is important to think about heaven in the right terms. For a Christian, we are walking with and growing in Christ now, and that will never end.