Hi, David here. This week we’re reflecting on home. God had given us much by grace, including our salvation and our eternal home – Heaven. How often we forget this as we move through life. Is it because this is a free gift, we can’t earn it, we can’t do things to get it? It is written on our hearts though and it’s what we secretly yearn for, what U2 describe as, “we still haven’t found what we’re looking for”.
Our Enemy is a thief, and of all the precious things he has stolen from our hearts, his worst act of treachery has been to steal our future from us. He has stolen all the magic and promise and wonder of the happily ever after. Very few of us live with hope. To those without faith, he has whispered, “Your story ends with an accident, and then . . . there is nothing. This is as good as it gets.”
Small wonder people drink too much, eat too much, watch too much TV, basically check out. If they allow themselves to feel the depth of their actual longing for life and love and happiness, but have no hope that life will ever come . . . it’s just too much to bear.
But to those who search in faith for the ending of the Story, our Enemy has whispered an even more diabolical lie, harder to dispel because it is veiled in religious imagery: “Heaven will be a never-ending church service in the sky.” All those silly images of clouds and harps. I’ve heard innumerable times that “we shall worship God forever.” That “we shall sing one glorious hymn after another, forever and ever, amen.”
It sounds like hell to me.
I have some really good news for you: that’s not the so-called Good News. Not even close. Heaven is a place on earth, and God is preparing this place for us – that is our future.
Some questions for you:
1. How would you describe your Heaven?
2. Could Heaven already be here (in disguise)? What would this mean?
3. Why is it that we have heard that Heaven is like a never-ending church service?
4. What’s behind this theology? What’s dangerous about this?
5. How will you keep Heaven before you and not lose sight of your eternal home?
This week may you remember the promise that Jesus made for us about our place in Heaven. May you remember that our eternal home is Heaven, and that there is more – so much more. May you keep this before you and God transforms you.