Looking forward to heaven

From time to time I think about who it is I look forward to seeing in heaven. Of course, I look forward to being reunited with loved ones who have gone before, but I want to see those beloved people who have adorned the pages of God’s word, that I’ve read about through the years. Do you ever think about that? Who is it that you want to see?

I want to see Jesus, the Savior who died for all. Jesus said, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9b). I want to see Jesus, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

I want to see the angels, don’t you? Gabriel was given the task of telling the virgin Mary she would be found with child and would be the mother of the son of God. I want to see those heavenly beings.

I want to see Mary, the mother of Jesus. God chose Mary to be the mother of His son. Imagine being a person chosen by God for such a mighty, wonderful, work. And yet, we are chosen by God, aren’t we?  As Christian we are the chosen, the called out of the world for a mighty, wonderful, work He has given us to do. We are chosen by the Father to be His children and to be followers of Him.

I want to see Paul. Even though he did terrible things to Christians, when he learned better, he did better. He changed and became a mighty worker for the Lord. We can learn a lot from Paul and his example. He laid his life of sin down and took up his cross and followed the Lord.  He was truly a worker in the vineyard of the Lord. I want to see Paul.

I want to see Naomi and Ruth. The mother who lost her husband and three sons to death and Ruth, her daughter-in-law, who said to her, “Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God, my God” (Ruth 1:16). I quoted Ruth’s comments to Douglas during our wedding ceremony, and we chose the name of Ruth for our daughter Stephanie Ruth.

I want to see Dorcas, the lady who was loved by so many. She was a seamstress who made garments and gave to the poor. She thought of others and reached out to help them. Yes, I want to meet Dorcas.

I want to see Stephen who was stoned to death for the cause of our Lord. The one who while being stoned said, “Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep” (Acts 7:60).

There are others that I look forward to seeing in Heaven, but these are a few that come to mind right now. Who is it that you look forward to seeing? Let’s make plans to go. I want to see YOU there!

#heaven, #hope