Friday, May 18, 2012

What will we do in Heaven? by Ada Brownell

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me. In my father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1).

In my book, Swallowed by LIFE, I tell the story of Yocheved Chalodney and Sam Dobin, who were married in a village near Smolensk, Russia. Three years later, Dobin immigrated to the United States. He thought he could bring his wife, child, and baby soon. Instead, World War I broke out.

The baby was my Jewish friend, Ruth. For six years, no mail came to the Russian village. War was so close artillery fire vibrated the windows.

In the fall of 1921, the hoped-for letter from Sam arrived, and soon the family landed in New York, ready to go to Pueblo, Colorado, to a home they had never seen.

Although eight years passed before she could go, Yocheved believed her husband was preparing a wonderful place for them and he did.

When Jesus told his disciples he was going away and would prepare a place for them, Thomas said, “I don’t know how to get there” (See John 14).

“You know me,” Jesus said, “So where I go you know, and the way you know.”
A high school student asked me in my Sunday school class, “Will we play basketball in heaven? It won’t be any fun because nobody would make mistakes.”

I prayed silently for wisdom then said, “Keith, I don’t know. But I believe heaven will be so much better than what we have on earth that it’s like comparing being a child to becoming an adult. When you’re a child, you play with dolls and toy cars. But when you are an adult you have real babies and drive a real car.

      “When you were a kid, if an adult told you that you can’t play with dolls or toy cars after you get ‘big,’ you’d scream and howl and decide you don’t want to grow up. But once you do, you discard the toys, because you have a real car and a real baby.  I think that’s the way heaven will be. It will fulfill our every desire and give us so much joy what we had here will seem like child’s play.”

      The Bible tells us heaven will exceed earthly experiences. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). But the next verse says God has revealed things about heaven to us by His Spirit.

Yocheved knew Sam, so she believed he was preparing a nice home. If we know Jesus, we are assured heaven will be wonderful.

According to scripture, in heaven we’ll see Jesus and attend “The Marriage Supper of the Lamb.” We’ll experience the Father’s love, and attend massive worship services with great rejoicing. We’ll visit heroes of the faith and recognize friends and loved ones. We’ll enjoy a custom home, probably lavish like the streets and gates.

      God will wipe away our tears and there shall be no death; nor sorrow, nor crying; no more pain, for the former things are passed away (Revelation 21:4).

What a place!
©Ada Brownell 2012 

Swallowed by Life - Free for Kindle Today! 
                                          By Ada Brownell

Do you know you are more than a physical body? Evidence shows our body is constantly dying and being renewed cell by cell and about every seven years is totally rebuilt – even our bones. We start as an egg about the size of a dust mite, yet we were the same person in the womb we are today. We may lose limbs, gain and lose weight, have vital organs removed and mechanical or transplanted parts inserted and we’re still the same person. Inside us is life, and a soul and spirit which were designed by God to live forever.

Swallowed by LIFE is subtitled “Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal.” The book speaks about this mystery; how you know what to believe; the wonder of life with all its electrical systems; the awesome truth about cell death and regeneration; brain death, and other mysteries of the change from mortal to immortal; where we go when our body dies; resurrection; a glimpse at what we will do in heaven; God’s mercy  after man’s rebellion when He promised a Redeemer way back in Genesis to deliver us from death; and leaving a legacy here.
Questions and answers are included for study groups.

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