-24?!! I mean I know we’re barely through February but really? Minus 24 this morning? I am so ready for spring! Of course I’ve been saying that since November. Some people really like winter, and I used to, but I must be getting old because I’m ready for it to end earlier and earlier every year. I still enjoy all the winter activities, but I think I could live without them if it meant no more cold.
I wonder if there will be winter in heaven. Have you ever thought about that? I have found myself thinking about heaven a lot more the last few years.
I’ve been challenged to re-evaluate what I’ve always understood heaven would be like in light of what scripture actually says. Set aside everything you have always believed and read with an open mind what the Bible really says about heaven. On the things that Scripture affirms by all means pick up those old beliefs but I think you will be pleasantly surprised by what is left behind and even more by what you discover.
For example, we usually think that heaven will be somewhere up in the sky and totally new and unfamiliar. Scripture actually teaches that the New Jerusalem will come down to a renewed earth. (Check out Revelation 21, especially verse 2 & 3). This means that there will be a renewed and recognizable Alberta though it certainly will be better and even more beautiful than what we know now.
Or this: I used to think when Revelation 22:3 talked about serving God in heaven it would just be one long church service with harp music. But if satisfying and refreshing creative work was part of Eden, does it not make sense that it will be as well on the renewed Earth? We will be active and challenged to create and build and even do business for the glory of God. (see Revelations 21:24)
And relationships. There’s and old belief that we won’t recognize anyone in heaven because of the new bodies we will have. But careful reading of scripture suggests that we will know and have even richer relationships with our loved ones.
All of this is a moot point though, if you are not going to be there, and here we get to the heart of the matter. Do you know whether you will be there? How can you know? John 1:11-13, speaking of Jesus, says, “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”
Will there be snow in heaven? I don’t really know. But I know I will be. Will you?