We know that life in the coming world will be so much better than the life we now experience in this world. According to the apostle Paul, “To live is Christ, and to die is gain … To depart and be with Christ … is far better (Philippians 1:21, 23).
Certainly we are thankful for the material blessings and provisions from the Lord and all the meaningful relationships – we experience here and now by His grace. But as Christians, let’s not even jokingly agree that the option of entering heaven is less desirable than surviving this sin-cursed earth. We eagerly anticipate the joy of being with our Lord Jesus in heaven (2 Corinthians 5:8).
Someday “there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain” (Revelation 21:4). What a blessed alternative! – Vernon Grounds
What rejoicing in His presence,
When are banished grief and pain,
When the crooked ways are straightened
And the dark things shall be plain. – Breck
Life’s greatest joy is the prospect of heaven.
- September 23, Vol. 18, Our Daily Bread