Talkin’ ‘Bout Heaven and Goin’ There!
Some time ago I heard Mark Lowry sing the song, “Everyone’s talking about heaven, but no one wants to die.” A little further into the song, the words went like this: “Well I long for the day when I have two births, But I love livin’ down here on earth.” I discovered there are actually several variations of this song, and one of them is: “Everyone talkin’ ‘bout heaven ain’t goin’ there.” Frankly, for me, I’m tired of living here. I want heaven!
It seems like the inspiration for these songs comes from Matthew 7:21 where Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” So it’s true. Just talking about heaven isn’t going to get us there! Put another way, it’s not about the talk, but rather it’s about the walk!
God is extremely interested in seeing all of us saved. The Apostle Peter reminds us that He is “not willing that any should perish.” (2 Peter 3:9). Even more than we may desire heaven, He wants us all in heaven with Him.
I find it of great interest that one of the principle designs for the family is that it should be the vehicle that fits and prepares each member to be a part of the heavenly family. “The family here must, as far as possible, be a model of the one in heaven…Children should be taught that they are only probationers here, and educated to become inhabitants of the mansions which Christ is preparing for those who love Him and keep His commandments.” (Adventist Home, p. 146). So the whole process of “wanting to go to heaven” should begin at home. Everything that happens in the home should be as a foundation stone that has built upon it the blueprint for ultimately living in heaven. Lessons learned, joys experienced, and victories gained in the context of the home should be of such a nature that one would not want any other kind of existence. Loving relationships steeped in kindness, patience, and a forgiving spirit that is anchored in a walk with Jesus should be practiced and experienced in the home. The practical lessons of trust, honesty and integrity, and Christ-centered ethical values are all taught, modeled, and developed in the home.
So as John wrote, “No greater joy can I have than this, to hear that my children follow the truth,” (3 John 4) I would also add, “and to hear that my children are talkin’ ‘bout heaven and goin’ there because they have learned to love Jesus and have accepted Him as their Savior!”