An Exciting Eternity

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Do you ever wonder how you can live forever without being bored? One fellow said he didn’t want to live forever because life on earth is so monotonous. His comments reminded me of a college professor’s sneering statement to his class (a class I was in) that he couldn’t think of anything more boring than to spend eternity “sitting on a golden staircase, playing a harp.”

Well, his comments didn’t shake my faith. I believed then, and I believe it more strongly now, that heaven will be a wonderfully exciting place, for I have concluded that the glory and joy of heaven will be found in our relationships, rather than in “golden streets and gates of pearl!” Job, the psalmist David, and John, the apostle, delighted in focusing on being in the presence of God. He will be the primary glory of heaven.

Though heaven will surely include many delightful activities not revealed to us in the Bible, the most wonderful element will be the joy of companionship. Just think, to be in the presence of God, the Son, the Holy Spirit, the perfected saints of God, the great Bible characters saved by grace–what an exciting prospect! So…let’s enjoy heavenly blessings now by deepening our communion with God and our fellowship with believers. Here is one reason for that familiar passage: “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together…” (Heb. 10:24-25).

Olden Cook
via Nettleton church of Christ
Jonesboro, AR

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