If someone provided an all-expense paid vacation to somewhere you considered heaven on earth, how would you react? Would you be filled with dread? Would you long to postpone it as long as possible so you could stay and work? Of course not! Sometimes, when I think of going to Heaven, I’m not very excited about it. Why in the world would I feel this way about Heaven when God the Father is there in His unveiled presence and the experience will undoubtedly surpass EVERY beauty and wonder on earth? Paul the Apostle wrote:

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.” (Philippians‬ ‭1:21-24‬)

Paul did not prefer this world to the unveiled presence of God in Heaven—UNLESS his presence on earth was needful to bring others to Christ! Paul was clearly not entangled with the world. His first love was Christ. His physical existence was keenly focused on God’s purpose for his life. He was so close to God, he knew Heaven was the greatest place he could ever be.

Do we know God well enough to have this perspective on Heaven?

The better we know God, the more we gain a grip on reality. When we are spiritually alive, we know that physical death is not the end—it’s the beginning. God’s presence in Heaven will be “far better” than anything we’ve experienced on earth; but while we remain here, He has given us the opportunity to live for His glory! When we live for His glory, we experience some heaven on earth and then, we long for the unveiling of His presence in the new Heaven and earth! 

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