Ever thought heaven might be boring? I mean, strumming a harp and singing for all eternity doesn’t sound all that great.
As I was talking with one of my professors after class on Thursday he made a really good point. That he believes Satan has robbed the Church of much of her hope through the “spiritualizing” of heaven. Meaning that deep down, a lot of us feel the spiritual realities of heaven are the main thing we have to look forward to, and somehow the physical element of eternity we view as secondary, if not almost sinful. And this is what so many of us have been taught in church – that heaven will be like some boring church service for all eternity.
But heaven is not just spiritual. It is physical.
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.” (Revelation 21:1)
What? Why in the world would God create a new earth? Because, the eternal state is physical!
The possibiblities of what we will do with our time are not just limited to singing and playing harps!
Randy Alcorn says this:
Because sports aren’t inherently sinful, we have every reason to believe that the same activities, games, skills, and interests we enjoy here will be available on the New Earth, with many new ones we haven’t thought of. (Your favorite sport in Heaven may be one you’ve never heard of or one that hasn’t yet been invented.) Sports and our enjoyment of them aren’t a result of the Fall. I have no doubt that sinless people would have invented athletics, with probably more variations than we have today. Sports suit our minds and our bodies.
They’re an expression of our God-designed humanity.
Let us look to God’s word to establish our hope, and may we do away with the lie that only spiritual realities are worthy of heaven.
Jesus became a man, died, and rose again physically, and will be in bodily form for all eternity (John 1:14; Acts 1:9-11; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Timothy 2:5).
Let us fix our eyes on our hope, to be with Christ, forever, and to actually live lives with Him forever.