With the recent loss of a dear sister in the Lord, the idea of heaven and how it is every believer in Jesus Christ life’s end and beginning came front and center to my thinking.
Every person who has given their heart to Jesus Christ has a new home, an eternal home, in heaven. Realizing that life on this side of eternity isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be, how it isn’t all there is to life, and how it is only for a moment is what makes the promise of heaven so wonderful.
Heaven is the home where every human heart longs to be, but it’s only available through belief in Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “Unless one is born again, they cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
Heaven, therefore, is our goal.
The Apostle Paul said, “But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)
Paul tells us our citizenship isn’t in the country we now inhabit on earth, but rather our citizenship is in heaven for which we eagerly await.
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain … I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far.” (Philippians 1:21,23)
Heaven is the place that’s dear to every believer. But why is it so dear to the human heart? It’s the place the old spiritual’s call “the land of no mores.”
We see this beautifully in John’s description in the book of Revelation.
“They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat” (Revelation 7:16)
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
“And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.” (Revelation 22:3)
Heaven is that place where the suffering we endure on this earth will be eradicated. It is a place where there will be no more pain, sorrow, suffering, and tears. It is the place where there will be no more nights, no more darkness, and no more fear. Instead, heaven is a place of eternal joy and peace.
And it’s only in this great hope of heaven where we’ll find what our hearts long for, and that’s because heaven is the place where the Lord dwells and the place where we were created to belong.
Dennis Lee is the senior pastor of Living Waters Fellowship located at 211 West 1st South, behind ACE Hardware.
This Sunday at 10 a.m., Pastor Dennis will be starting a new series to get us ready for November’s Welcome Back Sundays, and the need to get ourselves reset, reignited, and refueled for life.
This Sunday Morning we’ll be looking at the Jesus’s call to the Simon Peter and how Jesus reset His life and calling.
Sunday morning service begins at 10 a.m. either in-person or on-line (Children and Youth ministry available). All services and teachings, including Sunday 6 p.m. service, are available on our YouTube Channel, “Mesquite NV Living Waters Fellowship.”
Pastor Lee also provides daily inspiration (Devotionals, Scripture and a Prayer, and Thoughts) on his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/dennis.lee.3760/.