Christians often speak about a longing for heaven. I must admit, I have always had difficulty thinking about heaven with enough energy to ever conjure up a longing for it. I just didn’t understand what this longing was all about. In fact, I avoided the thought of heaven altogether, not because I didn’t want to think about it, but because my pea brained mind could not begin to imagine it. Plus, I didn’t want to think about my own death. I had fear. I had doubts about whether or not I would even go to heaven. I loved this world too much and wasn’t ready for heaven. Some thoughts were: “Heaven might be boring” and “what am I going to do for eternity? So many obstacles kept me from really dwelling on the thought of heaven, so I never developed a longing for it.
But over the past year, I have begun to think about heaven an awful lot. Who wouldn’t? As I’ve read through the gospels on my first few months off, I began to have less fear. I began to really think about what it might be like.
Then I heard a something that I cannot even remember where I heard it, but it was in a sermon somewhere. (I listen to a lot of them from differing pastors). It was about God reserving my place in heaven from eternity past. Because He knew before the foundation of the world, that He would save me from my sins, He has RESERVED for me my spot in heaven. How marvelous is that! So one day, when I pass directly from this consciousness to another one, I will be able to stand before Him and say “reservation for one, please”. Now I know it won’t happen exactly like that, I am sure I will be speechless in the presence of such holiness, but you get my point. I don’t have to worry about whether or not there is room for me in heaven because I have a reservation. How cool is that?
We will all stand before the Lord one day, with bowed knees, whether we have accepted His free gift of salvation or not. The Bible is very clear on this:
Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Then, in June my sister Stacey told me about a series of sermons on Heaven by Dr. David Jeremiah. During the month of June he was speaking daily about heaven. So I listened. And my heart was further comforted. My citizenship is indeed in heaven. I am only a sojourner here on earth. I have a purpose and I will not go home to heaven until He has fulfilled that purpose in me. Until then, I must eagerly wait for that all important reservation. There’s one for me. Is there one for you?
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.
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If you are interested in listening to Dr. David Jeremiah’s sermons on heaven, here is the link: