Wednesday, November 22, 2006

A Simple Meditation on Heaven

Meditation on Heaven and the
Implications for Earth-Bound Believers

There will be so many glorified believers in heaven that worship, fellowship, Scripture reading and understanding will be incomparably better than the best worship, fellowship or Bible we have ever experienced here. Not only will we be able to commune with all the saints who have gone before and learn from them all that they have now had time to learn themselves, but we will be able to talk to angels as well. Can you imagine what it will like to talk to our guardian angels and hear from them the ways they protected us from harm and did battle for our sanctification with an army of demons?

“everything . . . that salvation produces—for example, fellowship, worship and obedience—would be better in heaven. But there is one thing you can’t do in heaven, and that’s evangelize the lost!”[1]

But there will be no poor, no destitute, no drunks, no refugees, no unemployed, no abused children and battered wives, no depressed and desperate, no angry, hostile and cantankerous people to display the love of Christ to, no practicing homosexuals, no pornographers, no drug dealers, and no sheep without a shepherd.

It is only now, in our sin-corrupted world, that we have the opportunity to express His love before it is too late. It is only now that we have the opportunity to work for justice, alleviated suffering, endure hardship in a cause nobler and bigger than ourselves.

“In the end,” said one prominent pastor, “ it’s the sanctified congregation that has the greatest impact.”[2]

[1] John MacArthur, Outreach Magazine, “Point of View” Fall 2002
[2] John MacArthur, Outreach Magazine, “Point of View” Fall 2002.

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