“In the truest sense, Christian pilgrims have the best of both worlds. We have joy whenever this world reminds of the next, and solace whenever it does not.” -C.S. Lewis
I am currently finishing up a devotional by Randy Alcorn entitled 50 Days of Heaven, Reflections That Bring Eternity to Light. The selections are drawn from his larger more theological treatise, Heaven. I read Heaven several years ago, and it is excellent. This much smaller book is written in a more devotional, meditative type format.
Many books and ideas about Heaven rest on mere sentimentality and fantasy. I appreciate that Mr. Alcorn builds his commentary on the solid foundation of biblical truth. Let me tell you, in this case truth is indeed more exciting and amazing than fiction! Alcorn uses Scripture to paint a picture of what Heaven will be like, and he is careful to point out where he fills in the details with his imagination or makes inferences from what the Bible says. Thankfully, this is NOT just another “I died and went to Heaven and came back to tell about it” book.
Reading about Heaven in this format has been enjoyable and informative. The short chapters lend themselves well to reflecting on what lies in store for all of us who have trusted Christ. Heaven certainly won’t be dull or boring. No floating around on clouds and strumming a harp all day there!
Although this devotional is a condensed version of a larger work, there is much to learn in it about what happens to us after we die. Mr. Alcorn makes the distinction between the present Heaven (to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord) and our future abode in Heaven on the New Earth (where we will receive our resurrected bodies and live on a redeemed and transformed New Earth forever).
This devotional has comforted and challenged me. It has prompted me to search the Scriptures to see if what Randy Alcorn says is true. Above all, it has clarified my understanding of what eternity holds, provided a much-needed broadening of my eternal perspective, and stirred a longing in my soul for my true home, Heaven.
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. Philippians 3:20
By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel