June 20, 2007

Heaven

When was the last time you heard someone talk about Heaven? Have you ever heard a sermon on it? What do you know about what Scripture says about Heaven?

I have been thinking about these questions as I have begun reading Randy Alcorn's book "Heaven." I realized that I don't have much factual knowledge about what Scripture says about Heaven and most of what I think about it is usually just something I've "picked up" or imagined in my own mind. I also realized that Heaven is something we don't talk about unless it's to comfort someone who has lost a loved one, but I have to admit that because I didn't really have a good understanding of Heaven, it didn't seem like much comfort. It's interesting because I Thessalonians 4:18 says that we are to encourage or comfort each other with talk of Heaven...not just its mention, but the actual truths about what Heaven is like and that our true hope is there.

I am only on pg 80 of the book but already I have learned so much. The biggest effect of reading it, though, has been an instilling of hope! If I know about Heaven and think about life through its lense, the suffering and troubles I have on Earth appear more temporary and relative. And the hope of what is to come (imagine this world with all sin, corruption, and evil influences removed) makes me long for my true home. I always think of my friend, Niki, who has a son with epilepsy that has caused mental disabilities. I can't wait to see him in Heaven, running and playing, free of seizures and physical problems, telling his mom for the first time that he appreciates all she did for him on earth and able to have a relationship unlike they had here.

I'm looking forward to continuning in the book and having a better understanding of something so essential to my life as a believer, especially eternally.