As a college student, I have two homes. I have my original home that has my family, pets, my own room, a home cooked meal and memories that last forever. I have a home at Freed-Hardeman as well. This home is considered my home away from home. I stay there about nine months out of the year, and it is the home that has my closest friends, a place to learn, a decent cafeteria, a roommate that is also a best friend, and memories that are still in the making. I am blessed to have two different homes that both mean so much to me. Of course, I’m only discussing my two homes here on earth. We only have a temporary home while we are here, and that seems to be all that we focus on.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” –Matthew 6:19-21
Heaven is a place that we cannot even seem to imagine. It is a place of happiness, beauty and peace that will never end. Heaven is a place of no sorrow or sin or pain or suffering. There will be no crying, disappointments, and we will never do anything to displease God.
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” –Psalm 16:11
We will know a perfect joy in Heaven, and how awesome is it that we have a promise in it?Promises are the best worst things in the world. I love being promised something, especially when it is a bribe. “If you don’t tell on me, I promise I’ll give you a dollar.” My brother used to promise me things like that when we were younger, and when you’re a kid, a dollar is a BIG deal! I love to make promises with other people, and I love to receive promises with others. The con to promises is that they can be broken. A broken promise will usually lead to some hard feelings and maybe even a tough time in trusting the one who broke the promise. We have a promise of eternal life. Obviously we have to do a little work on our end to receive that promise. We have to seek to continually be like Christ daily. None of us deserve Heaven. We are sinners, Christ is perfect, and yet we are able to have a promise in Heaven through the ultimate sacrifice of Christ dying for our sins.
Christ’s death gives us hope.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” –1 John 1:7
Heaven is a place of eternal, perfect joy. We have a promise in Heaven one day if we do as we are commanded in scripture. We have a hope in going home one day.
HOPE= Heaven is Our Promised Eternity
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Rachel Garrison is a sophomore at Freed-Hardeman University majoring in Special Education. She attends Atwood church of Christ. Rachel volunteers with the Special Olympics organizations in West Tennessee. She loves blogging, going home to see her dog (and family), and binge watching Netflix instead of doing her homework.