The Splendor of Heaven

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at Gods right hand. Colossians 3:1

Our friend Sam lays in a hospital bed, suffering from a torn and damaged intestine. In surgery they cleaned and repaired it, but he continued to suffer with pain, nausea and bloating as his kidneys stopped working and his body filled with water. After anesthesia, a month of hospitalization, and continued medication, his mind became affected as well. He was disoriented and confused, but his love for the Lord and the Lord’s love for him was in the forefront of everything he said.

One night he had a vision of heaven. Since then, he has repeated over and over again how beautiful it was there and how much the Lord loves him and all people. The glory of that vision has not faded, he continues to talk about it to anyone that enters his room: doctors, nurses, aids, technicians, family and friends. Some people rejoice with him at the hope and splendor of that vision, others barely listen and some are downright hostile and harsh with him. However, it doesn’t matter what their reaction is, he continues to tell all people that enter his room of the Lord’s overwhelming love and the breathtaking beauty that awaits them in heaven.

Sam longs to return to paradise and be with the Lord. Not to avoid his pain, but because the joys of heaven so surpass anything that life on earth has to offer.

Heaven is real, and eventually all believers in Jesus Christ will be there. But for now we are still grounded in our reality on earth. Life as we know it. The good, the bad and the ugly. We get swept up in our activities and busy schedules; thinking our deadlines and projects are so very important.

Until the Lord reminds us through an ailing friend or other circumstance that everything here will pass away, but heaven remains for eternity. Our life is really all about seeking after God and sharing the love of the Lord with others. That’s our most important activity.

Prayer: Thank you Heavenly Father for the reminders in our lives, that ultimately, everything points to you and the reality of life after death. Help us share our faith and keep us grounded in your Word and not in the temporary things of this world. We love you Lord. Amen.

Published by Linda Colby

Linda has been a Bible teacher in a national women's ministry for the past 14 years, overseeing and leading women of all ages and their children in their pursuit of growing in the knowledge and understanding of the Word and deepening their relationships in Jesus Christ. She is now involved with the new ministry “The Encouraging Word”. She has a Masters in Bible and Theology from Western Seminary and works with a team to write Bible studies that will encourage, teach, counsel and grow men and women in relationship to God and to one another.

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