DayBreaks for 4/08/16 – Things We Won’t Do in Heaven
How much time do you spend thinking about heaven? My guess is that we don’t spend enough, though there is a danger that we can become so “heavenly-minded that we’re of no earthly good”! God told us about heaven because He wants us to long for it, to strive for it, to persevere to reach it. It is motivational.
When you stop to think about it, what are things that we do here that we won’t do in heaven? Some of them come readily to mind:
We won’t age.
We won’t get sick.
We won’t die.
We won’t cry tears of pain or sorrow.
And, of course, there’s another big one: we won’t sin.
All of those things will be nothing more than echoes (if even that) of a long distant, forgotten past. And not one of us will more their passing. Sure, there won’t be taxes or bills to pay, either, but those pale in comparison to the “big ones”.
But on Sunday, the preacher also made another observation that I’d not thought about before. You see, when we get in heaven, we won’t be witnessing any more. Our chances to do that will be over and gone. In heaven there won’t be anyone to witness to in the sense that we talk about witnessing to someone in order to win them to Christ – because everyone there will already have been won to Christ!
We aren’t there yet, through, are we. In the story of the rich man and the beggar Lazarus, the rich man is in torment after his demise. He begs to be able to go back and witness to his family, to tell them the truth…but he is told it is not possible. How his heart must have been crushed at those words!
If you’re reading this, you’re not in heaven yet. That means you still have a chance to witness to not just your family and friends, but anyone who will give you the time of day.
What good reason can you think of not to witness? I can’t think of one, either.
TODAY’S PRAYER: God, make us bold! Give us Your power! Let us be your witnesses wherever we go and at all times while we still can! For our loved ones who are wandering, we plead Your intervention. For our friends who don’t know You, give us the courage to speak as so if possible, to bring them to glory forever. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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