|Vol. 2, No. 2||Page 16||February 2000|
Some Things You’ll
You probably did not realize it, but likely today you’ve been involved in activities that would be inappropriate in heaven. Not sinful things (hopefully), but little things that remind us we are not at home in this world. What are some of these things?
You’ll never go to the medicine cabinet. Here we have to deal with headaches, arthritis and a million other pains. There are no drug stores in heaven! John wrote, “. . . neither shall there be any more pain . . .” (Revelation 21:4).
You’ll never attend a funeral. Thee are no hillsides dotted with the markers of loved ones “across Jordan.” You won’t find silent cities of the dead in heaven, for no one ever dies there! John wrote, “. . . there shall be no more death . . .” (Revelation 21:4).
You’ll never turn on a light switch. There is no darkness there “. . . for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof” (Revelation 21:23). “There shall be no night there” (Revelation 21:25b), so there will be no street lamps, no nightlights and no light switches.
You’ll never face a temptation. We face temptations daily in this life because the devil and his workers are very busy (1 Peter 5:8). Oh how we wish we could lay our armor aside and just rest from the constant battle of faith (Ephesians 6:13-18). That day is coming! In the land where we are staking our claim, the devil has no passport! In fact, he will have been cast down into the lake of fire and brimstone (Revelation 20:10). His helpers, too (personified as the beast and the false prophet by John), will be cast into that lake (Revelation 19:20).
You’ll never visit a sick person. We try to get by to see the sick in hospitals or at home, but we’ll never do so in heaven. All the ill effects of living in a sinful world, including sickness, will be reversed in heaven. John said, “. . . the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
You’ll never lock your doors. We live in a wicked society. Every night the news tells us about those who were robbed, raped, beaten and killed the night before. We rush to fasten our windows, bolt our doors and secure our homes. But, have you considered that there will be no bad news in heaven?! The doors on those mansions have no deadbolts, the windows have no locks and the homes have no burglar alarms. “And there shall in no wise enter into it nothing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Revelation 21:27). The wedding feast is by “invitation only” and nobody crashes that party!
You’ll never see an old person. We daily see the aging process in ourselves and our loved ones. Skin wrinkles; vision dims; strength fails; hearing goes; energy wanes (cf. Ecclesiastes 12:3-7). But in that land there are no retirement homes or nursing facilities because there are no old people! (Well, we’ll all be old, but no one will show it.) We will receive new, incorruptible bodies (2 Corinthians 5:1-6).
You’ll never shed a tear. Hardly a week goes by there is not some sadness mixed with our blessings. We face heartaches, and sometimes heartbreaks, far more frequently than would be our choice. But did you know that the Bible says, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying . . .” (Revelation 21:4).
Don’t you want to go home?
When men fail you, read Psalms 27.
When you have sinned, read Psalms 51; Acts 2; 8; 1 John 1.
When you worry, read Matthew 6:19-34.
Before a church service, read Psalms 84.
When in danger, read Psalms 91.
For the blues, read Psalms 34.
When God seems distant, read Psalms 139.
When discouraged, read Isaiah 40.
If you want to be fruitful, read Proverbs and John 15.
When doubts come, try John 7:17.
When lonely or fearful, read Psalms 23.
When you forget your blessings, Psalms 103.
For Jesus’ idea of a Christian, read Matthew 5-7; 25.
For James’ idea of religion, read James 1:19-27.
If faith needs stirring, read Hebrews 11.
When you feel down and out, read Romans 8:31-39.
When you want rest and peace, read Matthew 11:25-30.
For assurance as a Christian, read Romans 8:1-30.
For Paul’s secret of happiness, read Colossians 3:12-17).
When you travel, read Psalms 121.
When you grow bitter or critical, read 1 Corinthians 13.
When your prayers grow narrow or selfish, read Psalms 67; James 4.
For Paul’s idea of Christianity, read 2 Corinthians 5:15-19.
For Paul’s rules on how to get along with others, read Romans 12.
When you think of investments and returns, read Mark 10:17-31.
For a great invitation and a great opportunity, read Isaiah 55.