What Makes Heaven Heaven

Whom have I in heaven but You?
    And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides You.” ~Psalm 73:25 (MEV)

What is the one thing that makes Heaven everything that it is?

Is it the pearly gates, admitting those whose names are written in the Book of Life?

Or perhaps it is the river that flows through; refreshing and entirely pure?

The mansions being prepared personally by Jesus Christ?

The happy reunion with beloved saints who went before us?

The lack of pain and tears?

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All these things are lovely and wonder-filled. All the descriptions we have of Heaven in God’s Word are comforting and delightful. It’s a place definitely worth looking forward to.

But they really aren’t, or shouldn’t be what ultimately makes Heaven most desired.

It is God. His actual, literal presence.

Heaven is nothing without God. Our Creator makes it as glorious as it is. He ought to be the one aspect of Heaven we yearn for the most. Everything else is wonderful by-product of God’s presence.

Think of it. Eden renewed. That perfect fellowship and understanding with God completely restored. The ability to personally praise Jesus for His loving sacrifice.

There will be no veil and no wall. No sin to self-destruct us or the people and environment around us. The purity will be blinding and fully embraced.

I long for this. I long for all that corrupts this world, that cannot be repaired, to be gone. The sin curse makes human beings terminally ill. The one and only thing that can purify and repair and heal is Jesus Christ and the hope He brings of another world where everything is right.

Because that is where God Himself dwells.

 And I heard a loud voice from heaven, saying, “Look! The tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them. They shall be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.” ~Revelation 21:3 (MEV)

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Every act of God in the lives of men has this ultimate purpose in mind: that we would be His people and He would be our God. And it will happen. One day, this goal will be physically, visually accomplished. Not only a position and a promise, but a bonafide reality.

So when we think of Heaven and glean comfort from it, remember, the most glorious and awesome aspect of our forever home is not what is there or isn’t there, but Who is there. The One who created us and knows us fully and loves us flawlessly. That kind of relationship is something mankind yearns for and looks for in all the wrong places.

For those of us who have accepted the love of God, we know where to find it.

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