Back in the days when my husband and I were renting, we used to enjoy looking at open houses. We’d walk through, even though we had no intention of buying, imagining the possibilities. When we eventually bought a house, would we want two stories? Three or four bedrooms? Granite countertops?
It was fun to dream of future possibilities. It still is.
As Christians, we have a glorious future, and it’s not a dream! Some day, when this life is over, we will be dwelling in heaven with Jesus himself!
In 2 Corinthians 5:1, Paul speaks of our future homes.
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. NIV
The word “heaven” is from the Greek word ouranos, which means, ”
sky, air, firmament, any area above the earth; heaven(s), the place of sun, moon, and stars; heaven, in which God dwells… Strongest NIV Exhaustive Concordance.
Regarding the use of heaven in this particular verse, Vine’s Expository Dictionary says, “It is to be the eternal dwelling-place of the saints in resurrection glory.” p. 538
Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Dwelling with all the saints in resurrection glory. But what will it be like?
We don’t know for sure, as the Bible only gives us glimpses, but we do know it’s going to be wonderful!
Revelation is a great place to glean a little insight into heaven, and I especially like this description in Revelation 22:1-5.
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street in the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding it’s fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign forever and ever. NIV
I don’t know how that sounds to you, but it sound wonderful to me! Serving God. Seeing his face. Marked by his name. No curse. No night. Reigning with Jesus forever and ever.
Friend, if you are a believer, this is your future! I don’t know what exactly it will look like. I don’t know exactly what we’ll be doing in our service to God. I imagine that once I look into the face of Jesus, nothing else will matter. I’ll just want to cry, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord!”
I can’t wait! Can you?
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