Heaven- Week 1

Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member

Today dawned overcast again, but no matter. It was the Lord’s day. I got up early as always, so I could make the 8:30AM Service. As I was leaving our campus I decided to drop off some things so I wouldn’t have to take them in tomorrow. I noticed the alarm was on which is usually no big thing. I have a code that can reset it and allow me in. However, I was not aware that it was no longer valid, and the alarm started blaring. I called a friend to figure out how to make the alarm stop. He said he would call the person for me, since I didn’t have the number. Finally, while I was standing outside the building, the alarm stopped. I jumped in my car and headed off to church. By the way, I never did drop anything off.

Today at church, Pastor Brandon started a new series on Heaven. I was looking forward to it. The passage for today was 2 Corinthians 5:1-10. Today was introductory but I would like to highlight a few points made by Pastor Brandon.

First, in verse 1 it talks about the fact that we are living in a temporary tent. This world is not our home and we should not just sit around and wait for Heaven, we should long for it. Am I longing for Heaven? Yes, absolutely. But when I was younger, I was quite content to just wait for heaven and go on living my life. We cannot have it both ways. We cannot want to enjoy our lives here and long for Heaven at the same time. It is important for us to remember that this is not our home. Our home is with God in Heaven.

Second, Pastor brought the point that in this body we groan and are burdened. It was not supposed to this way, but because sin came into God’s original creation through the disobedience of Adam and Eve, we suffer. There is disease and sickness, war, crime and many other things that we have to put up with. But in Heaven it will not be so! Heaven will be a pure place and there will be righteousness.

The third part I would like to leave you with is found in verses 5-10. God has given us a deposit or pledge, which is the Holy Spirit. So we press on with our lives living by faith. We prefer to be out of our body and be at home with the Lord but while we are here we should have as our goal to please the Lord. There will come a day when we will all appear before the judgment seat of Christ to give account of our of what we have done whether good or bad (V10). This judgment is not to determine our destination but our rewards, which will give back to Christ, anyway.

I hope this excites you! It does me. May we realize that however long we may live, our time here is short. Let us long to be with our Lord in Heaven. God bless you.

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