After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 1 Thessalonians 4:17, NIV Paul is writing to believers who are grieving over their own...
The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory. 1 Peter 5:10 (NIV)
Let’s take a few moments to reflect on what this will be like:
- Capacity. In glory, Christ will renovate your entire nature—body, soul, and spirit.
- Community. The glory of heaven is that God will bring a vast crowd of people together from every tongue and tribe and nation.
- Clarity. Mysteries that you cannot begin to understand will be made known to you in glory: “Now we see but a poor reflection…then we will see face to face” (1 Cor. 13:12).
- Immediacy. “God himself will be with [His people]” (Rev. 21:3).
- Beauty. God said, “I am making everything new” (Rev. 21:5). In the new heavens and new earth, your redeemed senses will be filled with the beauty of God’s restored creation.
- Variety. Nobody in heaven will ever be bored. You will not find yourself saying, “Been there, done that.” Life will be filled with pleasures that are always new.
- Safety. There will be no threat of natural disasters—no enemies, dangers, accidents, violence, or threats (Rev. 21:4).
- Creativity. If God’s people have the creativity to do great things in this fallen world, what will it be like when the eternal glory of the Creator rests on His people working in harmony?
- Intimacy. We will know even as we are known (1 Cor. 13:12). One of the glories of heaven is that you will discover what it is to be known, understood, and accepted fully and completely.
- Eternity. You will know joy without interruption in a life that will never end.
Take some time to reflect gratefully on your destiny in Christ.