Lately, my mind has been set on Heaven.
Not on it’s appearance, although I do imagine heaven with streets of gold and a Light that shines brighter than all the stars combined.
My thoughts on heaven have been geared towards what it will be like to live in a place without any tragedies, suffering, heartache and pain. I am reminded of the promise we have as believers, that once this life is over we have the hope of spending eternity with the Lord in heaven.
I am so thankful to be able to use this time to reflect on my faith in Jesus, the One who has passed me from death to life. Throughout scripture, I am reminded of the blessings that God gives to His children when we accept Him as Lord.
The only way I can rest in knowing that I will one day be with the Lord is by simply accepting Him as my Saviour. The bible is clear about this, and by doing so I have been granted the awesome privilege of entering into a relationship with Him here on earth.
Being in a relationship with God does not require perfection. I once had a teacher explain to my class that in order to get to heaven, we have to be one-hundred percent perfect. If this were true, then none of us would be able to reach heaven.
I have also heard people say that because someone is a good person, they have gone to heaven. Again, if this were true, then the bible would be false. The bible clearly states that we have been saved by grace through faith, not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9). What a huge relief on our part to know that we don’t have to “work” our way into heaven, but rather we have been given the free gift of spending eternity with the Lord when we accept Him.
Accepting Christ into my heart has been a journey, but one I have never regretted. The Lord has given me a new heart that beats for Him. When someone wrongs me or offends me, I am encouraged by the Word of God. When I wrong someone or offend someone else, I find rest in knowing this truth: I have been forgiven. This motivates me to forgive others in return.
My soul has found rest, because I know that Jesus is continuing to work in me and perfect me until the day I reach, heaven.