“In the truest sense, Christian pilgrims have the best of both worlds. We have joy whenever this world reminds us of the next, and we take solace whenever it does not.” – C. S. Lewis.
The Coronavirus is reshaping our journey, but not its end. And yes, we’re scrambling and adjusting and hurting. But we have some precious truths to hold us steady in a topsy-turvy time. God never promised that this life would be fair. We live on a broken planet. Heaven is where everything is done God’s way. Life on Earth just doesn’t work like that. But what happens on this earth isn’t all there is to life. Heaven is our ultimate destination.
When we get where we’re going, we’ll enter a future city that’ll last forever. Hebrews 13:14 says, “For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.” And Revelation 22: 5 says, that the servants of God in the New Jerusalem “…will reign forever and ever.” (Revelation 22:1–5).
That future, final destination hasn’t been diminished in the least by the coronavirus. 1 Peter 1:4 says, “we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.”
You’ll spend 60, 80, or maybe even 100 years on earth. You’ll spend an eternity with God in heaven. That’s one of the most important reasons Christians should be joyful — God has given us eternal life. And eternity will be amazing.
Revelation 21:4 says, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” There is much to grieve over in this life. We experience loss — of possessions, of loved ones, of health. But in Heaven, there will be no more job pressures, layoffs, bitterness, broken bones, broken homes, cancer, funerals, crime, disappointments, high blood pressure, or toothaches to name a few.
Heaven is an extraordinary place of astounding wonder. Greater than we can fully understand or imagine. It is the home of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings; the home He delights in sharing with us.
To spend eternity in any other place than Heaven is the one goal we should keep in front of us in every decision and every situation life should bring our way, big or small.
- How do you picture Heaven?
- How does the idea of Heaven affect how we deal with the Coronavirus?