Growing up I think I had this perception of heaven as the perfecting of all things. God would somehow smooth over all wrongs done. We would forget about any pain we had experienced, and we ourselves would instantaneously, miraculously be perfected, no longer with struggles or any of our former shortcomings. Now, I am not so sure that this is the case.
Last time on this blog I shared my thoughts on why I am thankful I don’t feel a complete sense of belonging in any one location. If this is true, I pray it is because my true home, my eternal home, is still not fully realized. If I want to recognize it as home it may be that I need to have more than hope in God magically transforming me, but also in a focused plan to hope in the fact that he is transforming me even now. If I am disciplining my heart to think and feel with the heart of God, then it may be that eternity will be as recognizable and comfortable to me when I arrive as if I truly do belong. In a sense our change will occur in “the twinkling of an eye,” (I Corinthians 15:52) but its beginnings are here in the midst of the mundane here on earth. Our steps toward wholeness or perfection begin now, incrementally.
Therefore I….urge you to walk worthy of the calling you have received.
Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing and perfect will of God.
Eternity starts now. Let’s get ready. I am preparing my heart for it now so it will not seem foreign to me then.
See to it that no one repays evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good for one another and for all.
Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
I Thessalonians 5:15-18