Everyone has questions about what heaven will be like. Gary Larson, one of the funniest cartoonists ever, addressed the question in one of his FAR SIDE cartoons. He had a man sitting on a cloud with a halo on his head and angel wings doing nothing and no one else in sight. His expression is like that of Tom Hanks when he was marooned on an island in the movie, CASTAWAY, with all the time in the world and nothing to do. The caption said, “Wish I’d brought a magazine.”
Over the years I’ve been asked all kinds of questions about Heaven. Like, “Will there be coffee in heaven?” “Will heaven be one long, boring worship service?” “Will my dog be in heaven?“ “Will there be golf in heaven?” Yes, there will be golf in heaven. I’m not sure about the others. (Just kidding.)
The Bible gives a number of indications what heaven will be like. For example, when John was given a glimpse of heaven here’s what he wrote:
“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and people and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ’Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’” (Revelation 7:9-10)
Heaven won’t be one long worship service. But at this one, men and women from every culture and corner on earth, every nation, language, background, ethnicity, and tribe are all dressed alike in white robes, doing one thing: praising GOD and JESUS for our salvation!
Revelation 21:4 tells us there won’t be any more tears or crying, death or dying, pain or suffering “because the old order of things have passed away.”
Jonathan Edwards said, “Even the very best of men, are, on earth, imperfect. But it is not so in heaven. There shall be no pollution or deformity or offensive defect of any kind, seen in any person or thing; but every one shall be perfectly pure, and perfectly lovely in heaven.”
Wouldn’t it be great if there was some way, somehow, some place where we could experience a little of that here … now? Jesus suggested there is. When He taught His disciples to pray, He told them to pray like this, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN …” (Matthew 6:9-10). In other words, pray for God’s will to be done ON EARTH as it is IN HEAVEN.
But where would that be?
The local church should be a mosaic that the world looks at and says, “So that’s what heaven looks like.”
I believe it’s His Church. If there’s one place where people ought to see heaven on earth, if there’s one place where you ought to be able to find people praying for and living out God’s will on earth as it is in heaven, it should be the church. The church should also be a place where you see people from every background, age and stage of life, race, class and ethnicity imaginable.
Derwin Gray said, “The gospel Paul preached destroyed racism (“neither Jew nor Greek”), economic classism (“neither slave nor free”), and gender inequality (“no male and female”). The local church should be a mosaic that the world looks at and says, ’So that’s what heaven looks like.’"1
Think about that for a moment and you’ll start wishing you could experience that. Here’s the good news: you can. Come to Crossroads.
It’s a little bit of heaven on earth.
© 2017. Barry L. Cameron
1 The HD High-Definition Leader. Derwin L. Gray. Thomas Nelson. Nashville. Pg. 80.
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.