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You did not realize it, but you likely have been involved today in activities that would be completely inappropriate in heaven. No, not sinful things (hopefully), but little things that serve to remind us that we are not at home in this world. Most likely today, you have done more than one of these things.

YOU DROVE BY A CEMETERY. There are no hillsides dotted with the markers of loved ones "across Jordan." You won't find silent cities of the dead in heaven, for no one ever dies there!  John wrote, “...there shall be no more death" (Rev. 21:4).

YOU TURNED ON A LIGHT SWITCH. There is no darkness there "...for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof' (Rev. 21:23). "There shall be no night there" (Rev. 21:25b), so there will be no street lamps, no night lights, no candles, and no light switches.

YOU FACED A TEMPTATION. We face temptations daily in this life, because the devil and his workers are ever busy (I Pet. 5:8). Oh how we wish we could lay our armor aside and just rest from the constant battle of faith (Eph. 6:13-18). That day is coming' In the land where we are staking our claim, the devil has no passport. In fact, by then he will have been cast down into the lake of fire and brimstone (Rev. 20: 10). His helpers, too, who are personified as the beast and the false prophet by John, will be cast into that lake ( 19:20).

YOU VISITED A SICK PERSON. Each week, we try to get by to see the sick in hospitals or shut in at home, but we'll Dever do so in heaven. Sickness is a result of the fall, and all those ill effects are reversed in heaven. John said . the former things are passed away" (Rev. 21:4).

YOU TOOK AN ASPIRIN. Here we have to deal with headaches, arthritis, and a million other pains. There are no drug stores in heaven! Nobody has any sickness there. John wrote, "...neither shall there be any more pain..." (Rev. 21:4).

YOU LOCKED YOUR DOORS. We live in a wicked society. Every night the news tells us about those who were robbed, beaten, or killed the night before. We rush to fasten our windows, bolt our doors, and secure our homes. But did you know that there will be no bad news in heaven?! The doors on those mansions have no dead bolts; the windows have no locks; and there are no burglar alarms. "And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth. neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life" (Rev. 21:27). The wedding feast is by "invitation only" and nobody crashes that party!

YOU SAW AN OLD PERSON. We daily see the aging process in ourselves and our loved ones. Our skin wrinkles; our vision dims, our strength fails; our hearing goes; our energy wanes (cf. Ecc. 12:3-7). But in that land there are no retirement homes and no nursing facilities-there are no old people (well, we'll all eventually be a million years old, but no one will show it!) There we receive new, incorruptible bodies (2 Cor. 5:1-6).

YOU SHED A TEAR. Hardly a week goes by there is not some sadness mixed with our blessings. We face heartaches, and sometimes heartbreaks, far more frequently than would be our choice. But did you know that the Bible says, "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying..." (Rev. 21:4).

Don't you want to go home?

Allen Webster
Glad Tidings of Good Things
Vol. 8/October 2, 2003
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