This holiday season has been wonderful because for two weeks, I’ve been able to kick back, relax, and be at my leisure. One of my favorite things to do, when I am able to wrestle MY iPad away from my kids, is to play my two favorite game apps—Family Feud and Tetris Blitz. So, this morning after breakfast, I’m playing Family Feud. I’m excited because I’ve beaten my opponent by 1 measly point and made it to the final round. One statement in the final round said, “Name something you’d expect to see in heaven.” My answer (I thought) was a no-brainer—I would expect to see Jesus. I complete the final round and the answers are revealed. Just like the game show, 100 people were surveyed for their responses to the statements and the numbers shown beside the answer reveal how many people out of 100 gave the same response as you.
I’m on a roll getting the top answers for each question until that is, I reach the question about what people would expect to see in heaven. Out of 100 people surveyed, only 11 people answered that they expected to see Jesus. I’m looking at my iPad screen like
How do we expect to see any heaven where Jesus is not the central part? This was just a question from a game, but it does spark in me similar, yet still relevant questions. Do I want heaven more than I want Jesus? If Jesus is not a central part of my daily life here on earth, what makes me think I will be satisfied with heaven?
For me, the answer is there is no heaven, no peace, no anything without Jesus Christ, so this year I want less of the world and more of him. As crazy and foolish as it may sound, if I really REALLY wanted to, I could go into debt, run up credit cards, and exhaust myself in order to experience mansions, have gold and jewels, feasts, and some of the things mentioned to be present in heaven. But that wouldn’t make any of the materialism I gained, heaven. Based on what the Bible says about heaven, it will be awesome beyond description because there will be no more weeping, no more sorrow…but also because we will be face to face with Jesus.
Here’s the thing, we don’t have to wait until we get to heaven to have a relationship with Jesus. Heaven can be the ultimate, beautiful continuation of what we start here on earth, not the beginning.
Revelation 3:20, “Look, I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”