For the past three weeks every kid in America has been able to tell you exactly how many days until Christmas. They’ve had a hard time falling asleep just because they’re anticipating Christmas. This time of year you’ll hear phrases like, “I’m so ready for Christmas,” and “I can’t wait until Christmas.”
How do you suppose our lives would be different if we were as excited about heaven as kids are about Christmas? What if we regularly went around saying, “Hopefully, it won’t be long” and “I’m so ready” or “I can’t wait.” Below I’ve started a list of a few things to help you get excited about heaven. And so, with apologies to David Letterman, direct from the home office in Childress, Texas here is the top ten list of reasons why I’m excited about Heaven…
Number 10: WE GET A NEW BODY (1 Corinthians 15:50-54, 2 Corinthians 5:4)
Most people are not really happy with their body. Billions are spent yearly to cover up, make up, lift up and change flaws in our bodies. Our earthly body gets tired, feels pain and gets sick. With age it moves slower, sags, our eyes dims, our ears dull, and things falls out (hair & teeth). Twice the doctor has told me “it’s cancer.” And although I’ve survived both times, my body still bears the marks of the battle. In heaven we’ll get a new body, a better one, an eternal one. We’ll get a body that doesn’t get tired, feel pain, get sick or cancer. I’m excited about my new body!
Number 9: WE GET A CUSTOM BUILT HOUSE (John 14:1-3)
I love the house I live in now, but it’s far from perfect. I love the cabin in the mountains that my wife’s family has, but it’s not perfect. There is no such thing as a perfect house in this life. That is except God’s house. Living in a perfect house built by God is one reason why heaven is going to be great! He has been working on it 2,000 years … and creation took just 6 days.
Number 8: WE GET TO EAT GREAT FOOD (Matthew 8:11; Revelation 19:9)
Who doesn’t like to eat? I’m thinking of things like Chinese food, steak and more Chinese food. In heaven we get to eat and the food will literally taste like “heaven.” I don’t know about you but I’m looking forward to taking part in the mother of all buffets. And I’m guessing calories won’t count!
Number 7: WE GET TO TALK WITH BIBLE CHARACTERS
For years we have heard about them, read about them, and even imagined what it would have been like to be them. Now we get to meet them and talk with them. You can ask David what it was like to fight Goliath. You can ask Noah what it was like living in the ark. You can ask Moses about parting the Red Sea. And then there is Daniel to ask about the lion’s den. Or you could ask Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego about the fiery furnace. You could ask a question to Mary, or Paul or Peter. Who are you looking forward to talking with?
Number 6: WE WILL GET TO SEE AND SPEAK WITH OUR LOVED ONES (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17)
I am looking forward to being with my loved ones again. Aren’t you? Seeing those who have died and gone on before me. My wife & I have a baby waiting for us there that we are very anxious to meet. Wow, it will be the greatest family reunion of all times. I’m excited about that.
Number 5: WE WILL GET TO LIVE IN A PERFECT WORLD (Revelation 21)
Heaven is going to be a perfect place in every form and fashion. God will be there and so will the Son. There will be no more darkness or night. You’ll find the river of life, the tree of life and streets of gold. Heaven is going to be exciting, the perfect world I’ve always dreamed of.
Number 4: HEAVEN IS GOING TO BE EXCITING BECAUSE OF THE “NO-MORES” (Revelation 7:16-17)
Let me explain what I mean by “no-mores.” There will be no more hunger, thirst, tears, death, pain or impure things. When you and I get to heaven there is going to be some awesome “no-mores”, and these “no-mores” should really inspires us to keep going and give us a living hope.
Number 3: IT WILL BE THE LAST TIME WE FALL (Romans 7:15-25)
I often feel like Paul in Romans 7. I too find myself doing the things I don’t want to do, and I don’t do the things that I want to do. I get tired of letting my God down. Yes, I know that I’m saved by grace. I know that his blood can and does wash away every stain. Nevertheless, I still get tired of failing and falling. Do you? This is another reason I’m excited about heaven. There will be no more failing and no more letting God down.
Number 2: IN HEAVEN WE WILL TAKE PART IN AN AWESOME WORSHIP SERVICE (Revelation 5:11-14; 7:9-12; 19:1-8)
I love great worship. I love enthusiastic worship. I love worship full of energy, excitement, smiling faces and lifted hearts. I look forward to worshipping in heaven, because it’s going to be out of this world. As the song says “WHAT A DAY OF REJOICING THAT WILL BE.” It’s going to blow our minds, and it’s going to lift the roof and rock the walls of heaven.
And the Number 1 Reason Heaven will be Exciting: WE WILL GET TO SEE GOD (1 John 3:2; John 14:3)
The fact that we will be with God forever will make heaven worth it all! Can you think of any reasons that I’ve missed?