We’ve read the description and heard it preached numerous times on what it will be like in Heaven. Some of us are better visual learners, so we can’t quite grasp the gloriousness of it all. But what if we could have ourselves a little preview? We could catch a glimpse of the beauty of the city itself, the people all free from pain and sickness…LOVING each other, the Lord himself before our very eyes where we could worship Him face to face! Do you think that this impermanent opportunity would cause us to permanently adjust our behaviors? If we could get a visual of what our reward was going to be, would we stop placing so much emphasis on what was pleasing to us right now and shift our focus to laying up treasures in heaven?
Now think on the opposite side of the spectrum, what if that glimpse was into the pits of hell? You could see the flames, feel the heat & see the endless suffering that would be your fate if you chose to reject the gospel. Hmmm…not so pleasant if you ask me.
The truth of the matters is, both heaven and hell are real. Our belief or lack thereof doesn’t change that fact. Just as 2 + 2 has to equal 4, you will certainly spend eternity in one place or the other.
“But now that you’ve found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way! Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.”
(Romans 6:22-23 The Message)