1. God is preparing a place there for us now: In John 14, Jesus is in the upper room with the disciples; it’s his final moments with men who will continue his work after his death. Because of the limited time left before he’s arrested, Jesus is careful to share thoughts he finds very important to impart one last time.
It’s here that Jesus mentions his Father has a place of many rooms and that he himself is going to prepare it. In addition, it’s in Hebrews we learn God has prepared a city for us.
Our country is Heaven and we should long to be there with God. It’s a comforting and encouraging thought, in the midst of our restlessness in life, to know that God is preparing a place specifically for those who will get to enjoy it for eternity!
2. Not all will enter: It’s important to remember that not everyone will enter Heaven. It’s not because God is cruel or unforgiving; in fact, His very nature is the exact opposite! But the truth is, sin cannot live in His presence. As a result, only those who have fully surrendered their life to Christ will enter.
3. Christians should long for it:Our best day on Earth will never compare to a day in Heaven. The Bible makes it clear that this place we are now is temporary and isn’t our true home. As you walk through life on this planet, carry with you the knowledge that your home is far superior to this place and long for it!
4. It will be a place of learning and working. In 1 Corinthians 13, it’s mentioned that the angels would give anything to be in on the knowledge, inferring that they don’t know all things. In addition, only God is all knowing. In Heaven, we can expect to learn and grow! Heaven will also be a place where we serve and work. Revelation mentions this a few times; how we will be serving God. Work is good for us all – it’s why in the garden God gave us work to do.
5. We’ll have heavenly bodies, free from sin.In Heaven we will not be the same as we were here. We will have a renewed body that is imperishable; that is free from the effects of sin and time. On Earth our bodies face many challenges: physical limitations, sin, time, pain, and defects. But in Heaven we will be free from these elements and enjoy a body for all eternity. And just as our bodies will be physically renewed, so they will be spiritually. We will get to walk in the fullness and outward evidence of the Holy Spirit.