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What a day it will be
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Have you ever imagined what it will be like the day when the entire family of God is gathered for an endless celebration of praise in heaven? Oh, what a day it will be! Eliza E. Hewitt’s song says, “When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see Jesus; we’ll sing and shout the victory.” Heaven is the prize that waits before us. Pearly gates, golden streets, colors, and joy we have never seen. It is important to not lose sight of the prize of heaven that waits all who believe in Jesus Christ.
Heaven is our greatest hope, and it is a hope that can benefit us every day. The imminent return of Christ is a great sanctifying influence. 1 John 3:3 says, “All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.” When Jesus comes back (make it soon, Lord) he is coming to take us to heaven. He doesn’t want to see us doing anything that he would want to be doing when he returns. He is pure, and when we are with Him we also will be pure. The anticipation of heaven is like oxygen to the soul (Osbeck, 1996, 100). The anticipation of heaven is a reminder to us to be doing the things that Christ would be doing if he was still here.
“After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever..” (1 Thessalonians 4:17). Some of us will never die! This is a great triumph over Satan when this day happens; the air is the devil’s current sphere, and when we are gathered in the air it will be in open defiance of the devil right in his domain. Just think how mad he is already, and how mad he will be on the day of the rapture. It is comical! I picture him in his greatest rage! The day of the rapture will be the greatest day of transformation-we will be forever free of sickness, pain, and death! We will have a space flight to heaven in a twinkling of an eye.
“Therefore encourage each other with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:18). How often do you pause and imagine what heaven will be like? I don’t very often, but if it is oxygen to my soul, and a great sanctifying influence I think I should be imagining it daily and often. The anticipation of heaven should be the forefront of my thinking and guide for all I do. What a huge way to brighten my day! What a great motivation to keep me true, faithful, trusting, and serving! I want the whole world to know the prize that waits when they believe that Jesus saves. The Lord’s coming does not produce terror for the believer. The Lord’s coming produces a great hope that thrills and cheers and most of comforts.
Let your imagination anticipate that day in heaven when the entire of family of God is gathered for an endless celebration of praise. Let this glorious hope brighten your day and keep you true, faithful, trusting, and serving. Oh what a happy day, when we fly in the sky with our Lord to heaven in a twinkling of an eye!
Osbeck, K. W. (1996). Amazing grace: 366 inspiring hymn stories for daily devotions (p. 100). Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications.
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