How a Limited Imagination Hurts Our View of Heaven (The Glory of Heaven Chapter 5)

I had a friend who was not a Christian. Each time we would talk about eternity he would say, “It’s okay if I don’t make it into Heaven. I figure me and some friends can beat up the devil and take over once we get to Hell. Then we will have the best party ever.”
My friend was expressing a popular opinion that the real ‘good time’ is going to be in Hell. Because in Hell there are no rules and everyone can have as much fun as they want. They reason there no rules in Hell because God won’t be there to stop all the fun.
They reason Heaven is not going to be that great. It can’t be as good of a time because God is in charge. And who wants to sit around and sing? In chapter 4 of The Glory of Heaven, John MacArthur says, “Many people think of heaven as a bland, boring place with nothing enjoyable to do.”
Some cannot imagine there is something more satisfying, more amazing, and more pleasurable than their sin. They have an embarrassingly limited imagination.
My biggest frustration when it comes to sharing Heaven with people is their failure to understand that Heaven is THE Life.
Psalm 16:11 says, “You reveal the path of life to me; in Your presence is abundant joy; in Your right hand are eternal pleasures.”
Isaiah 35:10 says, “The ransomed of the Lord will return and come to Zion with singing, crowned with unending joy. Joy and gladness will overtake them and sorrow and sighing will flee.”
The best moments on earth are only a sample of what waits for us in Heaven. As MacArthur says, “Our highest spiritual heights, the profoundest of all our joys, and the greatest of our spiritual blessings will be normal in Heaven.”
When we fail to grasp the greatness of Heaven we fail to make it the motivation it is meant to be. We fail to see that everything is worth it because there is an end to the story that fits all things together. We fail to see the end of the story is far better. We fail to see the end of the story is really the introduction to a new story where joy reigns and sorrow flees.


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