“If you are not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don’t want to go there.”
We’ve all heard the descriptions of heaven being a place where we will float on clouds, play a harp, and inherit our own set of wings. Fortunately, all three of those descriptions are dead wrong. First, we won’t float on clouds. Second, everyone won’t play a harp. And third, no believer will inherit a set of wings. Wings are for angels, and the last time I checked, humans aren’t angels. It’s cheesy descriptions like this that make heaven seem so dreadful and unappealing. Throw in the idea of heaven lasting forever, and our minds can really start to reel. We may think, At some point heaven will surely become boring.
Just the other night my wife, Heather, confessed her struggle to understand heaven. She expressed the difficulty she has with the idea of forever. It’s hard for her to imagine an environment being so wonderful and so perfect that she’d want to live there forever and ever and ever and ever and ever. The very idea of forever messes with her head, and heaven will be a forever place. While I won’t pretend to know a lot about heaven (because I don’t, nor do I think anyone does), I will say that heaven will be far from boring.
Heaven will be like the party you never wanted to leave, and guess what—you won’t have to. And better yet, you won’t want to leave. Thinking of heaven that way helps me to understand how I could exist in a forever place without growing weary. Besides, who wouldn’t want to exist forever in a place with God, angels, redeemed family, friends, and fellow believers all accompanied with perfect health, joy, and peace, with no guilt or sin, not even sadness, but just an eternal state of completion and ultimate satisfaction.
That description barely scratches the surface, but it’s enough for me to see that with that kind of fulfillment, heaven will be far from boring. And Heather agrees.
Thought to Ponder
Here’s a guarantee: if being a Christian on earth isn’t boring, then certainly being a Christian in heaven won’t be boring.
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him—these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God” (2 Corinthians 2:9-10).
Question to Consider
If heaven is supposed to be so great, why do you think so many Christians seemingly lack excitement about going there?