If you don't know Christ, you may be wondering: So, what’s heaven really like? Or is it all just a bunch of baloney meant to comfort people when they are downcast and dying? To answer that, let’s scrutinize the Scriptures. There, Jesus and the prophets spoke much about this matter. As well, the Apostle Paul got a glimpse of heaven’s glories and heard and saw spectacular things…things He was forbidden to speak of…things God wants to surprise us with (2 Corinthians 12:2-4). Even so, the Scriptures say enough to get us eager to want to get there!
One thing is for sure, heaven is a home we can’t even pretend to perceive. For God’s Word says: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9). So, for starters, heaven is a haven way beyond our wildest dreams!
But heaven has a lot more in store for us than just that. For example, in heaven God’s children will never fade as flowers do: That means we will never flourish, wilt, wither, and die—ever again—as we do now. For Jesus promised perpetual life for those who pick Him—He said that eternal life is theirs for the asking (John 1:12 and John 3:16). And Jesus never lied (1 Peter 2:22). Eternal life means we’ll be beautiful and bountiful, just as Adam and Eve were when God created them…that is, before they feasted on the forbidden fruit and fouled up everything (Genesis 3). What’s more, we’ll have new bodies like Jesus has now (John 20:19 and 21:10-15). That’s right. He will transform our lowly bodies that they may be conformed to His glorious body (Philippians 3:21). We’ll be spirit men, like Jesus, able to walk through walls, yet still be able to pig out on potato chips, so to speak!
But what is so great about eternal life when this one is so filled with perpetual pain, you may ask? Well, God has a remedy for that one, too. In His Diary—the Bible—He declares that in eternity: “God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away (Revelation 21:4). So, in eternity, my friend, sorrow will never know another tomorrow. Never! That is the Good News. And isn’t it terrific?! No more permanent pain. No more broken bones. No more irritating illnesses. No more heavy hearts. Nothing but pure bliss. Psalm 16:11 puts it perfectly: “In (God’s) presence is the fullness of joy; and at (His) right hand are pleasures for evermore!”
Certainly, some people strive right now for that kind of sweet serenity…to fill that gaping hole in their souls that only a relationship with the Redeemer can fill. And they try to do it with…well, stuff. Lots of stuff. But they can’t pull it off with material possessions…or with drugs…or with alcohol…or with anything. Nothing works. And their painful lives prove it.
But is heaven a boring place where we just float around on fluffy clouds strumming harps for eternity? Notttt!!! Worship will be part of it, for sure…sort of like partying with God. However, there will be other neat stuff there, too. I mean, God made this whole universe for us to enjoy and inherit (Romans 8:17). So, imagine what other surprises are in store! Why, He even has a heavenly mansion prepared for those who receive Him (John 14:2)! But what I’m looking forward to most is peeking into His library and perceiving how He called creation into being…how he carefully cast the cosmos with just a Word…and how He wove me together in my mama’s womb…that sort of stuff.
Not only that, but 1 Peter 2:9 pronounces that we the redeemed will be kings and queens in eternity! Imagine! A crown and a throne are awaiting those who chose Christ as their Savior. And as if that weren’t enough, there are even many rewards for His followers, also (Matthew 10:42 and Matthew 6:4 and Revelation 22:12). Yes, happiness is on the horizon for those who choose Christ.
So, my question to you, my fretful friend is: Is a one-way ticket whose destination is damnation worth it compared to an eternity of bliss and being with the God who brought you forth into being? The God who cherishes you with all His heart? Yes, Jesus Christ imagined you before He ever imaged you, knowing how badly you might be sometimes. And yet still… He created you. He created unique, lovable, wonderful you! In fact, He loves you so much that He paid the penalty for your sins, your crimes on an old, rugged cross, so that you would never know true death…eternal death…eternal separation from the gracious God who adores you, gave His life for you, and wants to give you every good thing. Can you feel Him tugging at your heartstrings right now? He is. In fact, He is pleading with you to choose life over death. Won’t you please say, “Yes,” to Christ’s invitation? Yes, to your Creator? Oh, how He wants to dry your tears, hug your heart, and lead you to the Promised Land one day, where endless summer days await. And He wants to help you as you falter your way through this fallen world so full of anger, anxiety, and agony at times. Oh, how He pines for you. Oh, how He waits for you. Oh, how He loves you so.
And please don’t say to yourself, “I am already a good person. Surely I can work my way into heaven with my grace and good deeds!” That just won’t work. “…For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” (Romans 3:23). Which means one sin cancels out every righteous deed we’ve ever done. And let’s go one step further. Ephesians 2:8,9 emphatically informs us that “…for by grace you have been saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
All you gotta do, my friend, is say, “LORD, I admit I’m a sinner and I believe You paid the penalty for my sins. I accept You now as my Savior…” And it’s a done deal. After that, God has promised, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). You’ll never be alone again! Your needs will always be met (Philippians 4:19). And He’ll help you make it through this miserable world miraculously unscathed.
That done, you now have the keys to the kingdom for evermore. And though you will definitely die in this world one day, you will immediately open your eyes an instant later in heaven’s throne room and get to greet God face to face, never to die again (John 11:25,26). You’ll be young and healthy and happy forever, my friend. And you shall have happiness now, too…That happiness you long for but can never seem to find without Jesus Christ. And that hole in your soul will surely let go.
All Scriptural references taken from the NKJV Bible, 1985.