My brother and I were on our way to our cousins’ birthday party the other night, when our car suddenly broke down. I know how to drive a car – at least I got my driver’s license – but I’m lost when it comes to the technical part. That’s why I have no idea what to do in a situation like this, which was obviously not very helpful. Thank God, my brother was with me (he has definitely more knowledge than me) and we had our phones to call for help.
Waiting in a parking lot, we had a lot of fun. My brother and I love to make music together and that’s what we did. We started to sing different songs, and I had a laughing fit which lasted for several minutes. That’s what happens when I’m in a situation where you actually don’t feel like laughing at all but you just have to because you’re kind of hysterically desperate.
Makes sense? 🙂
Anyway, just before the breakdown, my brother and I were listening to the song “Take Me There” by Trip Lee ft. Jimmy Needham and we thought about the lyrics. We never know what tomorrow holds and when it’s time for us to leave this life and to go home.
How do you feel when you think about heaven? Do you want to go there and if so, why?
Eternal happiness, health, peace and harmony sound great. Just imagine this for a second. Living a sinless life without suffering, pain, tears and without any car problems – it almost seems too wonderful to be true. However, listening to the song reminded me of something pastor John Piper writes in his book “God is the Gospel”. He poses the following question to his readers: “Would you be happy in heaven if God were not there?”
I think it’s important to think about this. Are we seeking the gifts, the blessings or do we want the giver – God himself? What is the most important treasure to you?
“Propitiation, redemption, forgiveness, imputation, sanctification, liberation, healing, heaven – none of these good news except for one reason: they bring us to God for our everlasting enjoyment of him. If we believe all these things have happened to us, but do not embrace them for the sake of getting to God, they have not happened to us. Christ did not die to forgive sinners who go on treasuring anything above seeing and savoring God. And people who would be happy in heaven if Christ were not there, will not be there. The gospel is not a way to get people to heaven; it is a way to get people to God.” ~ John Piper, God is the Gospel – Mediations on God’s Love as the Gift of Himself, p. 47
Heaven wouldn’t exist without God. Happiness, peace, love, health – we wouldn’t have any of these things if God wouldn’t be there. He is the only way, He is the truth – He is eternal life (John 14:6).
Do you want to go home? Why?