Last night in my student small group we had an interesting discussion. It was about the reality of a place called “Heaven” and the “other place” called Hell.
Everyone in my group agreed that they didn’t want to spend an eternity in a fiery pit separated from God.
As we dug deeper into the questions of “what it will really be like when we die,” one girl threw out this statement, “I think Heaven is going to be boring. What are we going to even DO all day? Isn’t it pain that pushes us to be better and try harder? If that’s missing how will we know what success is?”
Then someone else admitted something profound. “I know it’s supposed to be comforting to know that God has my future all planned out, but honestly, it sounds a little creepy. Does this mean here on earth I just am His puppet, and then I go to heaven where we are all robots?”
I was glad at the vulnerable honesty of my students. What they are really asking is this:
“If I let God have total control of EVERYTHING in my life, does this mean I get nothing out of it?”
How much of our experience here in “this world” is spent striving? We want better. We want more. We think “achieving” success, however we define it, is what’s important. In our heart of hearts isn’t this a fear many of us Christ followers have?
Even for the most confident, “Godly” people here on this planet there is a nagging at our soul. We grapple with indecision, insecurity, selfishness and whether we admit it or not “caring” a little too much what others think of us. No matter how hard we try to find our identity in the Lord something seems to be missing. It’s like looking in a cracked mirror. Even when our lives are redeemed we live in this “Fallen world.”
So what if it’s about this? What if we approach this familiar question from a different perspective?
We let Jesus have it all NOW, because then we get a glimpse of what it will feel like to “let go” and “be ourselves.” It was always meant to be about a relationship. Heaven is about FINALLY hitting a point where we get to just be who we were always meant to be. It’s not about holding our head high and ignoring the “Haters.” Instead, all of the ache of what we’re “not” will fade away. We get to be the Creator’s Created, fully accepted, each with a part to play for all of time. In short- “You were made for so much more than this. “ Don’t we all want to know we have a bigger part to play?
Now THAT answer seemed to hit a cord with all of us. It’s about Him because He is For US…
How would you handle this “Heaven” and “Future” question? I would love to hear your thoughts!