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Meditations by John Dean

Monday, September 5, 2011

Will Heaven be Boring

(John 14:1-4 KJV) “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

Over the years I have actually heard a couple of well-meaning preachers say, “I cannot think of anything more boring than to be in heaven if there is nothing to do. If that is the way heaven is then I am not sure that I even want to go there.” When I got over the shock of hearing such a statement I thought…you apparently have no understanding of your other choice.

I am not sure of what we will all be doing in heaven, but I am sure of one thing and that is we will not be bored. The word bored and the word heaven should never be mentioned in the same breath. I cannot imagine being bored while spending eternity with the One who gave His life to make heaven a reality for us in the first place. As a matter of fact I am not sure how the thought of being bored in heaven could ever enter the mind of any born again believer, much less a minister of the gospel.

Our text says that heaven will be ready. There will be no loitering outside the gates waiting to gain entrance. Everything there will be ready. There will be no lack, no longing and no leaving. Once inside those gates of pearl every longing and void in one’s heart will be fulfilled.

There will be no lack of fruit on the tree of life. There will be plenty of leaves shed from it branches for the healing of the nations. There will be no lack of water as it cascades from beneath the white throne of Almighty God. There will be no lack of room along the glassy sea co-mingled with fire.

We will also join in with that angelic choir singing an anthem to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Lamb that takes away the sin from the hearts of wicked men.

There will be nothing wanting in that beautiful land that we call heaven. In other words heaven will be ready.

Heaven will also be resplendent. I have traveled all over the world and have had the privilege of seeing the beauty of nature in many parts of the world.

I have seen the snowcapped mountains of Switzerland and the mighty Niagara Falls of New York. I have seen flowers in the spring in England and I have heard the rustle of thousands of Aspen trees in the mountains of Colorado. I have seen the breathtaking sunsets over the bay in the Philippines and seen a forest totally white as a result of the beautiful dogwood blooms in deep East Texas. I have seen the beauty of wild flowers that blanket the Texas highways in June and I have seen the amazing wildlife on the plains of Africa.

But the greatest beauty of all will be inside that city that is not made with hands.

Heaven will be resplendent and beyond anything that anyone has ever known.

I have watched many a blushing bride come down the aisle in all of her beauty and glory with a blush on her cheeks as she meets the man of her choice at a marriage alter. I have pronounced them man and wife and then watched her walk away ready to build a new home with the young man that wooed and won her heart.

Just wait until the trumpet sounds reveille and the bivouac of the dead and the redeemed saints of all ages stream to meet the Lord in the sky. The Marriage supper will be spread out and the Lord Jesus Christ will be our everlasting Bridegroom. Is heaven going to be boring?…I do not think so!

The point of this Meditation is to encourage everyone that earthly type thinking (such as being bored) is not the same type of thinking one will have in eternity. In eternity one will fully have the mind of Christ. They will not be thinking selfishly of themselves, which is what the thought of being bored is. They will be thinking ‘God thoughts’.

Father,

Thank you for giving us glimpses of heaven and an idea of what spending eternity with You will be like. Lord, I may not understand all of the controversy of the end times, but one thing I do know is that You have prepared a place for us and it is beautiful and exciting.

Amen

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