I've been thinking a lot lately of heaven. What will heaven really be like?
I wonder if we'll all have jobs to do. I've always jokingly said that if there are jobs, tasks, to be done there, mine will be to clean all those mansions and keep the streets of gold shining. I like to clean stuff. I worked for years cleaning houses, and though I now work in food service for a living, I could see myself doing cleaning again as a sideline.
I was mulling over some words that are commonly spoken at funerals. "They've gone home. They're with Jesus now. They're in heaven now."
This may be touchy for some but I don't believe anyone who died in Christ thus far is there in heaven right now. I believe that they are safely in his care and that he is watching over them. Perhaps they are in a sort of dreamlike state. Perhaps they are having beautiful thoughts and dreams provided for them by Christ himself while they await their final homegoing.
If they were already there, why does the Bible plainly state that on Judgement Day, the dead in Christ will rise first, then the living, and we will all meet with him in the clouds?
I recently read something--I don't remember where or what book exactly as I read voraciously--that presented the thought that, obviously, the dead don't know they're dead, and so for a person who is dead, time has no meaning. They don't know if they died a hundred years ago, or yesterday. It means nothing. Time has essentially stopped (obviously!) but they are just waiting for His voice now. The call to come home. They're asleep. One day, they will hear, "Wake up, kids, brothers, and sisters. It's time for the big party. Get up now and come along home!" Yes, I wonder about the words He will actually speak too. I can't help it. My mind wanders. Usually right back to Him.
I'm looking forward to heaven. Since there are no tears in heaven, I don't expect to know who made it and who didn't. I don't want to. All I can do about that now is lead those I love in that direction and pray that God will finish it, that He'll step in and bring them around. That would be unbearable, to search for a familiar face and not be able to find it. We're united through Christ, not through our families. Okay, we are united by our families and our friends but you get my meaning here, I'm sure. Our families are important, of course, but God must be first. He would not allow us to endure a pain such as that anyway.
I saw a piece on TV in the past few weeks about a reverend who alienated his congregation by saying that everyone would be in heaven. EVERYONE, no matter who they were or what they'd done in life, or even whether they were believers or not. He said that if our God is a loving God, then He would not turn away anyone. Well, God doesn't turn away anyone. We turn away from him! Our God is a loving God. But I do believe we have to make the choice to serve him or not, and I don't believe that everyone will reach heaven. Some days, I'm not sure even I will get there ( those are very bad days--of course, I know I will). Anyway, the reverend started another church with his new message, and of course, it will grow, because who wants to do the work and suffer if you don't have to. Have your cake and eat it too. With absolutely no consequences and the assurance of eternal life anyway. I understand his theory, for these are things we all think about--more of those questions we can't find clear answers to--but I think he is leading people astray. I don't see sometimes how a God who says he loves us so strongly would allow so many terrible things to happen to us. I don't understand why if he loves us like he does we are dealt with so harshly sometimes. Then I think of my children. I love them fiercely. Yet I must deal with them harshly at times. How else will they learn right from left and right from wrong?
Life is a very confusing place. I long for the day when heaven is no longer a mystery but a reality. I don't believe we really have a clear idea of what is in store for us there, but I do know this. I'm tired. I'm weary. I'm heartsick over many things.
But, until I get to go, I will persevere here, because I have hope. I hope you do too.
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Joh 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Joh 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me...Jesus is the only way to Heaven! Good works, preaching and teaching can't get us there. Thanks for sharing this article. I have been blessed.
It is a pity that so many people go about with dellusioned mind giving themselves false security and assurance about their eternity. This is the age that men will readily settle down for that which is convenient and makes them comfortable. Of course, people can choose to believe and accept man-made ideas and ideology, especially as matter of eternity is concerned, but this still does not reduce the eternal truthfulness of God's word in anyway! 'Let all men be liars, His word remains true' Amen.
Thank you for sharing.
Beth, it is so sad some who call themselves ministers of God preach and teach everyone will go to Heaven, regardless. In John 3:16 we are told whoever believes in Jesus will go to Heaven. We are also warned in Matthew and Revelation, for example, of the consequences of those who reject Christ.
Just because that minister preaches such false doctrine in the name of Christ does not give it any validity.