I don’t know remember when my thoughts of heaven began. Perhaps the cartoons of chubby, cherubs strumming harps on fluffy, white clouds, was the beginning. Then surely, Bible stories from Sunday school, with felt figures filled my mind.
It wasn’t until someone very dear to me passed away that my thoughts of heaven ran deeper. My belief in God, running deeper still, was never questioned but was heaven a place I wanted to spend eternally?
Scriptures about heaven are found all throughout the Bible. Revelations illustrates a hard to imagine place. “‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4
Yes! I definitely longed for such a life!
Then questions about how can I be sure, I will live eternity in heaven arose?
By then I was learning that Scripture was my most reliable source.
Romans 10:9 held my answer, “’If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”’
There is a declaration—I testify, agree, affirm, proclaim and announce that Jesus is my Lord. Lord over my life. The way I live is in obedience to the Word of God.
There is a belief—I believe in Jesus, God’s only Son, our Lord. That He was crucified, died and was buried. That on the third day He rose again!
There is a saving
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2: 8 & 9
In this Truth, I realized that I could stop living to earn my salvation. That I could stop striving in my own efforts to be ‘good enough.’
Accepting the gift, I look forward to living in such an eternal way.