Hi Parents! This week we will finish the first section of the Believe book. In my opinion, it is the best way to end. Not only is it the end, it is also the beginning. This chapter talks about life after death. Life after death...that sounds so strange. We really never die if you think of death as being the end. The very same moment we go from life here, we are alive in heaven with Jesus. But that really depends on your belief in Jesus for salvation. If you don't believe; you still go from life here one moment to life someplace without God the next. We will all live forever.
Last year The Story began and ended in a garden. There is a huge difference between the first garden and the last. The first went away with sin. The second will last forever and ever because of salvation. AND IT IS ALL BASED ON WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US. Not one of us is good enough to earn heaven. Holiness and perfection is impossible for us. I only have to think back a day to see where I messed up (I will not admit it might be a shorter period of time). I try to live the way God wants me to but I fall so short. I may have great intentions, but that doesn't do anything for me. God sent Jesus to the cross so my sin could be piled up on Him as He took it's punishment.
As you read the chapter this week with your family remember Elijah's trip to heaven. Also remember the words of John as he tried to explain what he saw in heaven.
I gotta tell you, heaven used to scare me. In this body now, I don't think I'd really enjoy standing before the throne of God and singing. But right now my body is poisoned with sin. I know that won't be the case when I get there. There are people who think we will wear white robes and sing 24/7/eternity. Notice John's description of the gates. They are OPEN. We will be able to come and go. Now that touches a special place in me. I want to explore every corner of God's wonderful creation. I want to care for the animals and the landscape. I love God and I try to worship and praise Him often as I go through my daily duties. That will be so much easier without the distraction of sin.
Blessings my friends! I hope I haven't offended anyone. Please talk with me if I have, I know it is easy to misunderstand written communication without voice inflection and body language. I pray God reveals my heart and HIS love.