Christians carry on the goofiest conversations about Heaven. Just think about it: we are convinced that there is a utopian paradise where people who love God will live forever. We say we believe something as exciting and mind-bending as that, and then we make these outrageous and uninformed comments. We believe in a real place where God reigns for all eternity, and then we become utterly lost in space. We say things like:
- “Will we have pets in Heaven? If my dog can’t be there, I could never be happy.”
- “I think I’ll get bored sitting around playing a harp all day! There will surely be sports and games in Heaven, won’t there?”
- “You know there will be sex in Heaven! How could we ever be happy without being married and having sex?”
- “I hope Heaven looks like a painting by Thomas Kinkeade! Wouldn’t it be amazing to live in a place like that?”
- “Do you think we’ll all have mansions? Do you really believe the streets are paved with gold?”
Even as we affirm the existence of Heaven, we utterly miss the point! The most important thing about Heaven is that God is there in all his glory, in all his fulness. We will be in God’s presence, seeing him face to face, for all the ages to come and beyond! We will see more of his power, understand more of his character, experience more in worship than we ever have before. Who cares whether the streets are 28kt gold or just 14kt? Why would I quibble about being asked to play a harp or an oboe? What’s the difference if we eat pomegranates or T-bone steaks brushed with white chocolate? The Almighty God is there and people who love him get to live there in paradise forever!
Sunday morning in Bible Study, I reminded a good friend of mine that he and his wife have lived in 10 different cities over the course of his career. They really enjoyed some of those cities and didn’t care at all for a couple. But they were happy in all those places. My friend’s wife never quibbled about the variety of restaurants or the standard of living or even the crime rate in any of those places before moving there. She cheerfully relocated to every single city and enjoyed being there because she could be with the love of her life; and he would be with her. Everything else was inconsequential compared to being with the one you love most.
In Heaven we will get to be with God in all his glory. That’s the point. That’s why godly martyrs in every age have gladly exchanged life here for life eternal there! It’s about God, not the paving materials used for highways. If I inherit a mansion or a shack in the woods, I couldn’t care less. If I am asked to be a worship leader or a spiritual garbage collector, it doesn’t matter. If there’s chocolate there, I will smile; but if sugary foods are prohibited in Heaven, I’ll be happy all the same. Because after all these years of loving God through a glass darkly, I will finally see him face to face… forever.
That’s why Heaven is special. Never lose sight of who really makes that Kingdom truly unique.
And lift up the Cross!