That with which we are filled dictates what we crave. The world=Worldly desires. Filled with the Spirit=Spiritual desires.
7 One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.
Do we crave heaven? Do we even know enough about it to want it? Lots of people are afraid of heaven even though they believe in it. Fear comes from not knowing what the Bible teaches us about heaven.
We can learn a lot from the Transfiguration in Matthew 17:
1 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.
4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
6 When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” 8 When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.
- They saw Jesus in His glorified state, the one that He left to come to earth. “Abba, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me because You loved Me before the creation of the world.” John 17:24. We, too, will be glorified in heaven. “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 3:2. Our glorified state means NO SIN NATURE! We won’t fight those evil thoughts any longer!!!
- Moses and Elijah were recognizable people. The disciples inherently knew who they were, presupposing that we, too, will be inherently known to everyone around us in heaven. Since we are the sum of our experiences, and knowing that Moses stood for the Law and Elijah stood for the Prophets, we can assume that they were cognizant of their past and what is happening on earth. They may have even known what was going to happen! Their knowledge of events went WAY BEYOND what they knew while on earth, therefore, it is safe to say that ours will, too.
- Lest we think poorly of Peter, the Transfiguration happened during the Feast of Tabernacles, at which time everyone was required to build tents and live outdoors for a week to identify with the children of Israel during their 40 year excursion through the desert. It was also a week of celebration that modeled the fact that our lives here on earth are in earthly, temporary tents (bodies) and that heaven is coming! Peter was simply trying to accommodate everyone. I’m sure the trio was amused.
- The appearance of Moses and Elijah gives us great insight into these facts:
- We will have real and identifiable bodies.
- Who we are in heaven is directly tied to who we are on earth. Remember that Jesus repeatedly said, “But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.” Matthew 19:30. He also said, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave.” Matthew 20:26-27.
- We will know and be known for who we are. In other words, our souls continue to be us. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. “Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12.
That’s all for today. Soon, we will cover what we will be doing in heaven. THAT’S an exciting study, for sure! For now, let us be assured that we will be US in heaven and that what we do here on earth matters eternally. Let’s be about the Father’s business, shall we?
Abba, thank You for the assurance I get when I read about heaven. Thank You that You want us to KNOW! I want to foster my relationship with You so that I don’t miss out on a single thing either here or there. It’s not that I want to be great in the kingdom, but I DO want to hear these words from You, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.” “Come and share your master’s happiness! Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.” (Matthew 25:21, 34). I live to hear these words! Please help me to make it so. Amen.