Article - The Beauty of Heaven
The goal for every child of God is to reach that grand place we call Heaven. Many of our songs remind us of Heaven. Such songs as “Heaven Holds All To Me” and “How beautiful Heaven Must Be” emphasize our desire to live with God for all eternity. These songs often make us wonder, “What will Heaven really be like?” Notice how the Bible describes the beauty of Heaven.
Heaven will be beautiful because it is a place of rest. Each one of us gets tired after a long hard day of work. We enjoy kicking back in the lazy-boy and resting. While earthly rest will not begin to compare to heavenly rest, what a joy it is to know that Heaven is a place of rest. There will be no more labor, toil, and striving against sin. The writer of Hebrews describes it in this way. “There remains a rest for the people of God” (Hebrews 4:9). This rest was in contrast to and greater than the promise rest Joshua had given the people of Israel in Canaan (Hebrews 4:1ff).
The beauty of Heaven is seen by our continual worship of God. Someone has said, “If you don’t enjoy worship here on earth, you probably won’t enjoy Heaven either.” Why? Because much of what we see going on in Heaven is worship to Almighty God. For example, in Revelation 4&5 those in Heaven are throwing down their crowns and worshipping God in song. This gives us insight as to what will happen in Heaven (Revelation 4:9-10).
The joy that will exist in Heaven makes it beautiful. One of the great things about Heaven will be the absolute joy that God’s people possess. All of us will admit that one of the worst things about this life is sadness. Isn’t it wonderful to know that Heaven is a place of infinite joy? To the servant who used his talents to the glory of God Jesus said, “…enter in to the joy of your Lord” (Matthew 25:21).
Dear friend, is your life being lived in such a way that you will go to Heaven when you die? Are you a child of God? If not, in view of the beauty of Heaven, you need to become God’s child. You can do so very simply by believing in Jesus as God’s son (John 8:24), repenting of your past sins (Luke 13:1-5), confessing him as Lord (Romans 10:10; Matthew 10:32-33), and being baptized in water for the remission of your sins (Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16). May each of us be encouraged by the splendor and grandeur of Heaven!
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