Heaven: What Will It Be Like? (Revelation 21:9-27)

Monday, July 11th, 2016
Sermon Series: Heaven, Revelation

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Heaven:  What Will It Be Like?

Revelation 21:9-27

Heaven will be staggeringly different than now. Heaven has reward (vv.10-14). Heaven has space (vv.15-17). Heaven has abundance (vv.18-21). Heaven has worship (vv.22-24). Heaven has safety (vv.25-27).

Next week is VBS and J2016, and right now we have teams in the Philippines and Uganda. I was in Uganda two months ago, preaching at a pastors’ conference. There are amazing things happening in Luweero. Our missionary there is Shannon Hurley and some of you may remember him. Lord willing, he’ll be back with us next summer for a little while.

Shannon has been in Uganda for ten years. Back in 1995, he went on a short-term trip to Kenya and met a Kenyan missionary to Uganda. With him, he did a side-trip to Uganda and fell in love with the people there. There was great poverty, alcoholism, a hookup culture, single parents everywhere, and many preachers of a prosperity Gospel.  He saw the need.

Returning back to the States, he finished college, got married and landed a job as a sales rep for plush toys. In the providence of God, he landed an insurance company account called Aflac who had some hit commercials with a duck. He began to provide the toy ducks and did remarkably well.

Shannon then attended seminary and on graduating in 2002, he returned to Uganda and began to lay plans to return there. In 2006, that vision became reality and he initially landed at an orphanage in a suburb of Kampala. The man who he partnered with was a wolf. He bilked Shannon for a great deal of money and wore the Hurleys down spiritually. After about two years, the Hurleys realized his deception and separated from him, moving into Luweero and Shannon began to invest into pastors.

He has served faithfully. My first visit to Uganda was in 2009, the year he moved to Luweero. There were only a handful of believers there and the property had to be patrolled for security from theft and attack. This year, there is a faithful church of 250 led by a Ugandan pastor. Shannon is ministering to Ugandan Baptist denomination, training their pastors and helping them rewrite their constitution.

He moved from a comfortable life here in the States to a life overseas, where medical care is poor, bugs are huge, electricity is unreliable, water is precious and death is everywhere. Why? Because this life is not all there is. Do you live for this world or for the next?

We’re in the midst of a series on Heaven. There is no person who is so heavenly minded that he is no earthly good. In fact, the more your mind is set on Heaven, the more earthly good you will do. Over the last two weeks, we talked about . . .

21:1-4  Heaven:  What should I expect?

21:5-8 Heaven:  Who will be there?

21:9-27  Heaven:  What will it be like?

22:1-5 Heaven:  Won’t I get bored eventually?

And this week, we make it to one of the longest, most extensive descriptions of Heaven in all of the Bible. And, in case you missed it, this is not where you go when you die. Listen to week one to learn about that. This is where you go after you have died, been resurrected, and Jesus has reigned for 1,000 years.

Our passage today is going to tell us about the New Jerusalem–the city of God in which we will live for the rest of eternity. Revelation is a written record of the vision that the apostle John was given while in exile on the island of Patmos. It’s a vision that covers everything from the era he was in up until the very end of time. And as we look at verse 9, we get some unusual details.

Revelation 21:9, “Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, ‘Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.’”

Why does John call attention to which angel came up to him? We are done with all the judgments. Why is this angel the one being sent? The answer is amazing. This is the same angel who showed him Babylon in Revelation 17:1 to 3. And the way that John records it is near identical to what happened earlier in Revelation 17. Look at the slide behind me.

 

Revelation 17:1–3

Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying,

 

Come here, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters…”

 

3 And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw

 

Revelation 21:9–10

Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying,

 

Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

 

10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me

 

All of these parallels are here purposefully. The angel and the apostle John are both wanting us to see the amazing contrast between Babylon and the New Jerusalem. Babylon in Revelation 17 is not a specific city, but a broader term used for the world system’s opposition to God and His ways.

So here’s the significance of Revelation 21:9. He intentionally contrasts the New Jerusalem with the world and its ways. He says that they are radically different from one another. The word pictures he uses for the contrast are prostitute vs. wife. The world is the prostitute, the City of God is the wife. One of them is faithful, one is faithless. One of them is beautiful, one is just lipstick on a pig. One of them is clear and lucid, one is drunk. They are radically different from one another.

The main message of verse 9 is that Heaven will be staggeringly different than life now. We need to know this. We need to know that this life is messed up. We have black men being killed by police in Louisiana and Minnesota this week, recorded on camera and rebroadcast worldwide. Police shooting men who did not seem threatening from our perspective.

And in Dallas we have a targeted attack on police that killed five and wounded others. The attacker was angry with police and at the Black Lives Matter movement. It was the deadliest attack on law enforcement officers in 100 years. Our nation feels torn apart. Racism, fear and distrust seem to be widespread.

We need to know that Heaven is not like this. Life with God, both now and later, is not like this at all. As we read through the rest of chapter 21, I want you to see five features of Heaven that reveal how radically different life will be.

Five Features of the New Jerusalem

1.  Heaven has Reward Verses 10 to 14

When you arrive in Heaven, you will receive your inheritance, and the inheritance is not just that you’re in Heaven. When you have someone who dies and their will is read and you receive an inheritance, what do you get? Maybe you get a car, or a house, or some money, jewelry or something sentimental. The inheritance is something tangible, right? So look at . . .

1 Peter 1:3–5, “[He] has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

Here we see that Heaven is not the inheritance, because it is reserved there for you. There is an inheritance, reserved in Heaven, for every believer. The inheritance is distinct from Heaven itself. So what is that inheritance? It’s never totally defined in Scripture–life, righteousness, joy, peace, perfection, God’s presence, Christ’s glorious companionship, heavenly rewards, and all appear to be our heavenly inheritance. We see that some are going to get an amazing inheritance.

Revelation 21:10-14, “And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper. 12 It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. 13 There were three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.”

John sees the City of God coming down to earth. He compares it in verse 11 to a brilliant jewel, we would say a diamond today, that is sparkling and radiant. The glory of God is contained inside of it and is radiating out light everywhere. And the names of the twelve tribes of Israel are written on the gates. And the names of the twelve apostles are written on the foundation stones of the wall.

There are going to be people in Heaven who can say, “Yeah, my name’s written on the gate.” These things all reveal that the rewards promised in Scripture will be granted in Heaven. The Bible teaches repeatedly that believers are rewarded for how we live now. How you live does not gain you entrance into Heaven. How you live does affect the reward you receive in Heaven.

Right now, you may do things that are pleasing to God, but be punished for them. Right now, you can feel the cost of obedience. You don’t see any reward. In fact, sometimes it feels like it would pay off to lie and cheat, rather than be honest.

1 Corinthians 3:12-15, “Now if any man builds on the foundation [of Christ] with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. 14 If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”

1 Corinthians 3:8, “Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.”

Matthew 25:23, “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.”

The brilliance of the city, the names written on the foundation and gates–these indicate that you will receive a reward in Heaven. It will be more than crowns. It will be more than a room. But what exactly it is, Scripture does not say. But this passage does point out one specific reward that we will all receive. We will finally be unified with others.

I remember being in Russia in the late 1990s, training pastors. During a break from class in the afternoon, we were all gathered around. There wasn’t a lot of conversation, because very few of them spoke English. This is in the second week of class and an older man starts speaking in Russian to me. He’s playing charades, pointing up and at his mouth and speaking Russian. Finally, another man comes over and translates in broken English—“He is saying that he can’t wait to be in Heaven and be able to talk easily together.”

Whatever church you go to around the world, believers long for fellowship together. That longing for unity has been around as long as man has. The Black Lives Matter movement is rooted in a hunger for unity. People become bilingual, trilingual, polyglots because they want to communicate with others. They want to understand and be understood. The joy of sex is in that intimate union with your spouse.

We all have an inner longing for unity. Even with prejudices, bigotry and other sinful distortions–all of mankind displays a hunger for unity. And the reason why Israel and the apostles are written onto the gates and the wall of Heaven is to display the unity that will exist in Heaven between all people. All of the elect have entrance to the City of God, whether you were an Old Testament Jewish believer or a modern Mexican Christian,
you have equal access in Heaven.

We are rewarded in Heaven with the unity we all long for. We are rewarded for the decisions we make in this life that seem unrewarded now. Heaven is reward. The next feature of Heaven that will be radically different is that . . .

2.  Heaven has Space Verses 15 to 17

Revelation 21:15 to 17, “The one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall. 16 The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal. 17 And he measured its wall, seventy-two yards, according to human measurements, which are also angelic measurements.”

In case you’ve always wondered what angelic measurements are–the measuring rod that angels carried in Ezekiel 40 and Revelation 11 seems to be around 10 feet long. Maybe this one is bigger, but the angel has a crazy job–to measure a mile, he would lay down the staff about 528 times. The City of God is 1,500 miles, so about 792,000 times! I think I can assume that the angel is quicker than I am, but that’s crazy!

Anyway, the point of the passage here is that Heaven has physicality. It takes up space. A scheme of Satan has been to portray Heaven as clouds, harps and floating spirits. Who wants that? Only the harpist at the orchestra. The reality is that Heaven takes up space. In fact, it takes up a lot of space!

The dimensions of the City of God are staggering. It is a cube, and each side is 1,500 miles long. If you took that city and put it on top of the US, it would go from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. It would stretch from the Colorado River all the way to the Atlantic Ocean on the East Coast. It would rise up 1,500 miles into the sky, or descend halfway to the center of the earth.

I found a picture somebody used to show what it would look like. Clearly this points to life being radically different than anything we’ve ever experienced. There is no way that the new earth is orbiting the same way with that on one side. My hunch is that the new earth will be a different size, and maybe even orbit at a different speed than ours does today. Maybe it won’t even spin.

But let’s just pretend for a moment that we occupy it this year. Here’s what it would be like–I ran some quick numbers. Roughly 108 billion people have ever lived. I went way high with a 5% elect number. If you believe that God saves young children who die and those who are mentally incapable of belief, then that number could be accurate or even higher. But just for fun, let’s stick to 5%.

In India today, there are around 1.3 billion people. The dimensions of the New Jerusalem (1,500 miles by 1,500 miles) is larger than India. So we could fit 1 billion people in one floor pretty easy. And I’ve been to India, and there’s a lot of empty land there, so I’m not too worried about that number.

Now pretend you’re in Heaven, in your room–extending above you there might be four more people over the next 1,500 miles. That’s crazy! One man tried to run the actual math, and he calculated that each person’s space would be about seventy-five acres per side. Heaven has space–lots of it!

It took a while for it all to sink in for me. I was reading commentaries and they were going on about the gates and how having three per side was a picture of the unhindered access we’ll enjoy, and I’m thinking 5 billion people and twelve gates–that sounds like a bad day at Disneyland.

But then I’m realizing these gates are going to be huge. The wall itself is almost a football field in thickness, and a pearl is round, so that means it’s gonna be wide enough for hundreds of people to walk through at the same time. And I’m thinking–I’m in the white space of the Bible here. The way we get around has to be different than now. If I’m in my car, it takes me about 24 hours just to drive 1,500 miles–and that’s with no stops for gas. And there’s no mention of cars in Heaven.

Now I know we have all eternity to get somewhere, but the fact that Heaven stands 600,000 stories tall tells me that we are going to get around different than we do today. In a glorified body, post-resurrection, Jesus could show up where He wanted to. He could ascend and descend. We see in the Old Testament (Genesis, Daniel, Ezekiel) that angels have the capacity to move faster than us and to go vertical.

So I think it’s safe to say that the way we get around in Heaven will be different. And clearly, it is a physical place that awaits us with a lot of space for us to move. Life is going to be radically different. The Hyperloop shuttle will be put to shame.

3.  Heaven has Abundance Verses 18 to 21

Revelation 21:18-21, “The material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19 The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; 20 the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.”

The wall is made of jasper. What’s called jasper today is not what was known as jasper then. It was either a diamond or these green gems I can’t pronounce–chrysoprase. Verse 11 indicates that the walls would’ve been translucent enough for light to pass through them.

So you’ve got a city that is huge–it’s surrounded by a wall that is a football field in length
and probably much taller than that in height. And the wall is made of sparkling jasper, in a way that reflects and shines light out. The city itself is 1,500 miles tall. It doesn’t say if the city is a cube or a pyramid or if the tallest building is 1,500 miles. But the Holy of Holies in the Old Testament Tabernacle was a cube, so there’s good odds that it’s a cube.

Whatever the shape, its material is gold. The wall and the city are both displays of the abundant wealth of Heaven. This is how the kings did it. Today the President might Instagram the new F-35 fighter jet. Back then, you built with precious metals.

1 Kings 10:21, “All King Solomon’s drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold. None was of silver; it was not considered valuable in the days of Solomon” (cf. 1 Kings 7:2 to 5).

1 Kings 10:27, “The king made silver as common as stones in Jerusalem, and he made cedars as plentiful as sycamore trees that are in the lowland.”

That the whole city is made of pure gold is a crazy statement of extravagance. In Daniel’s time, Nebuchadnezzar built a city so beautiful that God had to humble him. The slide behind me shows one of the rear gates of his city. It’s on display in Berlin. I walked through there and was in awe.

What Nebuchadnezzar built though is nothing compared to what God has built. The walls are made of football-field-thick diamond. The city itself is built of pure gold–none of that onlay-stuff. No alloys are used. The foundation of the walls is set with jewels–twelve different kinds. The gates are crazy big pearls. The streets are made of gold. There is great abundance. It is supernatural—otherworldly. There is not an oyster in all of creation that can create a pearl that big!

Commentators try to find spiritual meaning in all of the wealth. The pearls remind us of Christ, how the oyster receives a wound/irritation and then produces a pearl out of it. But why not say that the jewels are created by compression and they remind us of the pressing weight of God’s wrath on His Son? The whole city description here is a statement of abundance. In a time when believers lived day-to-day, God wants us to know that Heaven has everything you could need or want.

Psalm 50:10-12, “For every beast of the forest is Mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. 11 I know every bird of the mountains, and everything that moves in the field is Mine. 12 If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is Mine, and all it contains.” That reality becomes abundantly clear in Heaven. And that leads us to . . .

4.  Heaven has Worship Verses 22 to 24

This is the main reason for Heaven. It is the central event which everything else revolves around. But I doubt that it is what you expect. If you think you worship God now, know that Heaven will be amazingly different.

Revelation 21:22-24, “I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.”

Worship as you know it and worship as the Jews know it has changed. There is no Temple. And there is no church building. There are no sacrifices and there is no powerpoint. There are no prayer books and there is no Sunday school. Worship is radically different than it is now. It is decentralized and pervasive.

Right now, when you leave church, you enter a world that is in opposition to God. Everything is tainted by sin.  The majority of the people around you are in rebellion to God. Ephesians 4:12 says that we gather together to be equipped for the work of ministry. We then go out into the world to minister to the lost and the hurting.

In Heaven, worship is radically and forever changed. The glory of God shines everywhere. In Heaven there are no lost, there are no hurting. We don’t gather to be equipped. We no longer have sins we’re fighting against. Everywhere you go it will be worship–not singing, but doing what is in praise to God. The glory of God will shine and we will love it.

Exodus 24:17, “And to the eyes of the sons of Israel the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the mountain top.” In Heaven, the glory of God does not blind us. It does not hurt us. We will have fear and reverence and awe for God. But we will have no shame and no guilt before Him. We will stand before Him with joy—great joy! We will know God and the sum total of His attributes.

Verse 24 says “The nations will walk by its light.” And I love this because it shows that we retain our individuality. There will be whites and blacks and tans and pinks and yellows and browns. Every hue of skin color will be there. We don’t all turn one color in Heaven. Your nationality and ethnicity will continue to be visible. People from every tribe, tongue, culture and language will be gathered together. We’ll be living together in that great city.

The Temple was exclusive to Jews–no Gentile could enter. And when you went inside, only men and Levites could proceed to the middle. And only the High Priest could go into the Holy of Holies. But in Heaven—all the nations enter. Every person can approach Him.

How will we worship Him? In singing–Psalm 66:4, “All the earth will worship You, and will sing praises to You; they will sing praises to Your name. Selah.” In living–Romans 12:1, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” In serving him–1 Peter 4:11, “Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” In everything–1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

As John Piper has put it, you will drink orange juice to the glory of God. All of life there will be worship. You won’t just stand singing for all eternity. You won’t be part of a heavenly choir that never breaks up.

Think about Adam–before sin entered the world, God have him a job to do. In Heaven, you will have a job. I don’t know what it is, but it does seem like you’ll have one. Throughout the book of Revelation, Christians are called saints and servants equally. You will be a servant of God in Heaven. We’ll talk about this more next week. Your service will be an act of worship, and so will your rest, and so will your eating. Everything will be worship in Heaven.

The space of Heaven, the rewards of Heaven, the abundance in Heaven–they will all lead you to greater worship of God who pervades Heaven. You will look on the Lamb of God who died on the cross for your sins. And you grow in your knowledge of Him forever. You will continually grow in your understanding of Christ’s atoning work on the cross.

You will continually grow more thankful that He was both God and man. Jesus knows about suffering (1 Peter 3:18, Hebrews 2:9). He knows about being wrongfully treated (1 Peter 2:21 to 24). He knows our weaknesses and how to sympathize with us (Hebrews 4:15). He showed mercy to criminals and sinners, and He suffered the penalty for their sins and ours (Romans 5:6 to 8). Jesus knows about living in a wicked world (John 1:9 to 11, John 3:19), and He knows about dying at the hands of wicked men (Acts 2:23).

We don’t know all that He knows, but in Heaven we will know Him more fully. And our days will be spent in awe of God’s grace to us, past and present. It’s going to be so amazingly better than now. And the last thing we see is that . . .

5.  Heaven has Safety Verses 25 to 27

Whether you are a suffering saint or someone who is just weary of sin and the world, Heaven has safety for you. The Gospel message is one of hope. We can gain forgiveness for our sins. We can gain eternal life with God. We can escape the punishment we deserve. We can receive what we didn’t earn through Christ.

Yet we live still in a fallen world–a world that is dangerous and knows little of peace. Heaven will be different. Revelation 21:25 to 27, “In the daytime [for there will be no night there] its gates will never be closed; 26 and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; 27 and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

This is all a statement about how secure and sweet Heaven will be. John notices that the gates are always open. In biblical times, and even more recently, when a city had gates they closed them at night. That kept enemies out and allowed them to filter who was coming in. That was how 900 rebel Jews holed up for so long in Masada against the six to ten thousand of the 10th Roman Legion.

When we were in Salzburg, we toured the fortress set up on a hill with high walls—it was always able to hold out against foreign invaders and never had to surrender (except to Napoleon). The walls of a city were always for protection. (We still try and do this, such as in places like Canyon Lake—yet they can’t keep out the meth labs.) The gates would be open for commerce and closed for protection.

In Heaven, its gates shall never be closed, yet we will live in total security. There will be no locks on doors, no alarms or keys for your car, no chains for bikes. No one takes your backpack or iPhone or wallet or sunglasses. Jesus provides total security and protection and that is because He has personally chosen, transformed and approved every occupant. It’s the ultimate gated city!

There is no danger to be on guard against. There are no sinful people who will attack. The City of God is not a place on Earth that is sweet and holy, while the sinful are kept outside. The New Jerusalem is not an oasis surrounded by sinners. The whole new earth is filled only with the children of God. There is not one person who even just tells white lies. There is not one person who does anything displeasing to God. The whole place is secure because it’s filled with God’s perfected people.

You know how else you can tell the place is secure? The foundation stones of the city wall are encrusted with jewels, right? Twelve different kinds, all at eye level, all on the outside. Who does that? Who builds a wall around a city and then puts all the valuables on the outside of the wall (which is where the foundation stones would be visible) and puts them right at eye level? That’s crazy!

Nobody would put their valuables outside the city, right where someone could grab them. But there’s no sin, so it’s fine. It’s totally safe, because the world is completely filled with Christians, but not the kind of Christians you meet now. Not people who call themselves Christian but don’t read the Bible. Not people who call themselves Christian but don’t fear sin.

There’s no Christians in Heaven who are unclear about the Gospel. There’s no Christians in Heaven who are even divergent in their theology. In the eternal Heaven, you will be with people who are amazingly like-hearted. They’ll still have their own personality and ethnicity, but they will all be the kind of people you enjoy hanging out with.

You won’t go to a BBQ and feel awkward and out of place. You won’t want to avoid being around another person or group of people. You will be the person that others enjoy spending time with. Others will be the people you want to talk to. And all of us will marvel continually and increasingly at God and who He is–but that’s next week.

What we see here at the close of Revelation 21 is that Heaven has reward, space, abundance, worship and safety. Life in Heaven will be amazingly, jaw-droppingly different than life now. Life in the New Jerusalem will be radically better than your best life now.

So brothers, sisters–stop loving this world. Stop caring about phones and cars and sports teams. Live differently than the people around you. Stop trading and upgrading houses every few years. You have a better home awaiting you. Is that the one that drives every decision you make? Look at everything as if a blowtorch was held to it.

The New Jerusalem is physical, but nothing that you have will make it there. Maybe you don’t need to move again. Maybe you don’t need a new job. Hebrews 13:14, “For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.” Are you seeking the city which is to come? And if you believe that you are, then consider this test . . .

Do you talk about restaurants you ate at? Do you talk about movies you saw? Do you talk about vacations? We saved up miles and points and are going to Hawaii for our anniversary. Everyone has a recommendation about where to go and where to eat—and we love it!

If you talk about things you love, then do you talk about where you’re headed? Do you believe that Heaven will be a nice enough place to tell others about? It’s not like a houseboat where you run out of space. You’re not going to fill the driveway or overflow the house. There is plenty of room for everyone you invite.

Heaven will be staggeringly different than life now. Heaven will be staggeringly better than life now. Let your heart become so captivated by it, with God at the center, that you talk about it with others and you live differently because of it.

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