2 Corinthians 5:8

“We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”

The thought of being absent from this life is scary to some, but to those of us whose destination is heaven, it should envelop our minds and hearts with the greatest of pleasures.

 

Basking in the warmth of God’s brilliance, reveling in His nearness promises a “fullness of joy” unknown in this life. Untethered from these earthly bodies, our new bodies await – perfect and clothed with immortality – untainted by anything of this life. No more sin, no more sorrow, no more pain, just pure unadulterated freedom to worship and to live as God intended. To enjoy the sights, sounds, and experiences of heaven is the Father’s good pleasure for His children. “But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’”

(1 Corinthians 2:9)

 

Scripture tells us that there won’t be a sun or moon and night won’t exist because the glory of God will be our illumination, the Lamb, our light. Fear and deceit shall be vanquished. And with darkness and shadows gone, we will see every path clearly.

 

Today you may be able to squeak out a tune while here on earth. Once in heaven you will join in with the redeemed from every kindred tribe and tongue, and your praise will become as “the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings.” (Revelation 19:6) Soothing yet powerful. Oh, the glorious things you will hear! Every longing for approval will be met as the King says, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

 

The apostle Paul knew difficulty on an almost daily basis, yet it was this confidence that enabled him to look beyond what was at hand. Can you say the same? Only those who have had their sins washed in the blood of the Lamb can enter into heaven and enjoy His presence forevermore. Will you be there?

 

– Pastor Jack

 

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