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Heaven Ain’t Boring

It’s both interesting and dangerous to talk about heaven. When we point out the sinless tranquility and how incredibly beautiful the new heaven and the new earth are going to be, it can lead people to an incorrect opinion that somehow this glorious creation is also a place of eternal apathy and boredom. Or, as John Eldredge says in his book, The Journey of Desire,

Nearly every Christian I have spoken with has some idea that eternity is an unending church service. . . . We have settled on an image of the never-ending sing-along in the sky, one great hymn after another, forever and ever, amen. And our heart sinks. Forever and ever? That’s it? That’s the good news? And then we sigh and feel guilty that we are not more “spiritual.” We lose heart, and we turn once more to the present to find what life we can.[1]

I can assure you that heaven is not boring and there’s no need for you to look at the things of this earth with envy in your heart. How can I speak so boldly? Scripture tells us that heaven, my friends, is everything we can dream it is and more.

People also think heaven is boring because their current spiritual lives are boring. They haven’t entered into the thrill of receiving supernatural power to do what God has called them to do—whether that is professional ministry or simply not complaining about the boss at the lunch table. They’ve never entered the place of risky obedience where you literally do things that you could never do on your own strength.

Our lives in Christ sometimes are boring because we don’t know what it’s like to completely trust God in the dark night of the soul and to hang on no matter what and say, “God, I refuse to be silenced. I’m not willing to relinquish my worship to circumstance.” Suddenly, when we hang on, clutching His hand tightly along the way, we start to realize that God didn’t intend our life here on earth to be boring, and He sure didn’t intend our life in heaven to be boring. Heaven isn’t about harps and strumming a lyre on some puffy white cloud wearing some funky white robe forever.

Randy Alcorn wrote, “It’s difficult to see beyond the horizon of our experience.”[2] If we truly want to see heaven while we’re living on earth, we have to remove the distorted lens of what we feel, think, and know. All of us have distorted perceptions of who God is, what He can and cannot do, or how good He is. To get a clearer, undistorted picture, we need to start putting together all of the pieces of God’s character, nature, love, plan, creativity, and power. Then, as we work on that jigsaw puzzle, heaven starts looking differently. It looks incredible. Unbelievable. Why? Because we’re not just trapped in our own thinking and opinions. Instead, we’re looking at heaven through God’s lens of who He is and of all that He wants to do for us.

When we do that, heaven isn’t boring. I love what author Mark Buchannan wrote, “[Heaven is where] the ahh! of deep satisfaction and the aha! of delighted surprise meet, and they kiss.”[3] That’s the heaven I’m looking for. Everything about that heaven aligns perfectly with the God that we serve. It’s not boring, predictable, sterile, or stodgy. It’s neither cheap nor chintzy. Instead, it’s extravagant, loving, creative, and powerful. It’s utter satisfaction and utter surprise at the same time.

Are you looking at heaven through a distorted lens? Or, are you open to grasp the fact that heaven is everything God, in His fullness, intends it to be?

 

For more on heaven I encourage you to read my latest book, Between Heaven and Earth. It’s now available from Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions. It’s also available from other fine booksellers in paperback and eBook editions.

 



[1] John Eldredge, The Journey of Desire (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2000), 111.

[2] Randy Alcorn, Heaven, 407.

[3] Mark Buchanan, Things Unseen: Living with Eternity in Your Heart (Sisters, OR: Multnomah, 2002), E-book edition.

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