“This world is not my home, I’m just a’passin’ through…and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.”
9 In their hearts people plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
Yesterday was my mother’s birthday. She has been gone 5 years now to the new kingdom. Dad beat her there by two months. I wonder if he noticed any delay or if he just looked to his side and there she was! I wonder if it will happen that way with us, too: They will look to the side and there we’ll be!
There is so much that God has promised us about heaven, but there are a few really good things:
- Jesus is there! We get to be with Him!
- No more sin nature! We will not have to fight that battle any longer.
- Things will be as they were meant to be. All will be restored.
One of the best verses I know is Philippians 3:20-21,
20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
I tell people that these bodies are really just patch jobs until we get our new ones. Won’t that be exciting? I know it was for Mother. She suffered with Chronic Hepatitis C for over 40 years (flu-like symptoms). Dad suffered for 10 days from a stroke. Both have their glorified bodies now. I can hardly wait to see them!
As for knowing people in heaven, I not only think that we will, I think that we will intuitively know who everyone is. We will be one big, happy family! Until then, let’s hold loosely to the things of this world and hold on to Jesus for life.
One more thing: Who will be in heaven? Whoever wants to be. All a person has to do is turn and trust Christ. It’s all about knowing Him and walking with Him.
Abba, it is encouraging to think about heaven because I am sure of its reality. Your presence in my life makes me sure. Knowing You more and more fully is my goal for life in this world. I take great comfort in 1 John 3:2, which tells me that when I see You, I will be like You, for I shall see you as You are. Does everyone get the chance to see You as You are? I’ll be waiting to hear back from You on that question. Amen.