Wednesday, February 21, 2018

FaithLife Devotional

Jan. 20, 2018 at 4 a.m.



I celebrated another birthday a few days ago. Someone said that if you don't like birthdays, you won't like the alternative. In fact, I prefer the alternative. The older I get, the more I long for the coming of Jesus and the more my thoughts turn to heaven. I'm glad that when our birthdays are done here on earth, God has something really special prepared for us. You may be wondering, "What's waiting for us on the other side?" I'm glad you asked.

When we walk through the pearly gates, the first person we see will be God. Sometimes, we think an angel or the apostle Peter will greet us, but the Bible tells us in Revelation 21 that God loves us so much that He personally welcomes us into heaven. The first official act of God will be the permanent wiping away of our tears. None of the things that break our hearts and cause us to shed tears will be found in heaven.

Next, we will see with our own eyes, all the wonders of heaven. The street of gold, the walls of jasper, the river of life, the tree of life, and the throne of God all are found in heaven. For the first time, we will see all the things we have heard and read about all our lives.

In heaven, we will live in a mansion. I've never lived in a mansion here on earth, but I will in heaven. And the best part is that I won't have to make mortgage payments, pay taxes, or provide upkeep. Jesus said in John 14, "I go to prepare a place for you." I believe he started working on our mansions the moment He left, and when He has it ready, that it is when He calls us home.

Then we receive a new body. First Corinthians 15 calls it a glorified body. It will be a body that will last for all eternity and never know the aches and pains of this life, nor will it ever grow old. Besides a new body, we will eat a feast called the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. It is a banquet fit for a King – the King of Kings.

We will have time and opportunity to see all the Bible saints from both the Old and New Testaments. Imagine the thrill of talking with Joseph and Elijah as well as Paul and Peter. We will also see our loved ones who've gone before us. This will be a reunion that makes all earthly reunions pale in comparison. Most of all, we will see Jesus. The One who made it possible for to enjoy heaven as our eternal home. We will be able to worship Him personally and tell Him, "Thank you."

Heaven is real. I'm ready for it. Are you?



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