Friday, February 26, 2010

Heaven

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:1-3

This morning I learned that a high school friend had passed away during the night. As I read these words, my heart was grieved when I pondered the question, “Was my friend of long ago, a Christian?” As high school chums we were not Christian friends, far from it. We had lost contact over the years and I knew nothing about his life until I had received word of his illness and then death. I quickly emailed the friend that had informed me of his passing and asked her if our mutual friend knew Christ. She immediately responded, “YES!” What relief filled my heart to know he would spend eternity in Heaven with our Lord.
What comfort there is in knowing someone you love is in Heaven a wonderful, gracious, gift from God. What sights to behold, pleasures to experience, a place prepared for you who know Christ as Savior. Have you imagined yourself walking on streets of gold, standing by the River of Life or having your name read from The Lamb’s Book of Life? Have you pictured the Gates of Pearl or the mansion designed for you? 
This place called Heaven is where God dwells and where Christ will be for all eternity. Can you picture in your mind the scars Jesus sustained for you and me? Do the words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant,” ring out in your ears? Will the overwhelming presence of God bring the true meaning of “eternity” to heart? Does singing praises to the Lamb, Who is worthy to be praised, bring tremendous joy to your spirit? In all sincerity, are you looking forward to the day  when life is no more and you are in the presence of God?
Thought:
Heaven is a wonderful place and you as a Christian are privileged and honored to call this place, home. In remembering those who have gone before you, and praying for those who are on the brink of Heaven’s shore, I pray you are preparing yourselves for this incredible journey and even now working while there is yet time. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. (John 9:4 ) Heaven is a promise from God to those who know Him as personal Savior. Are you sharing His promise with those who know  not Christ?

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