Are You Longing For Heaven?

Last Sunday morning, I received an SMS from sister Iris Yip to inform me regarding the home going of her beloved mother, Madam Yeow Siew Looi. Indeed, God has been good to her mother. In spite of her prolonged illness and near death experiences, she was able to respond to Christ with a clear mind. What a joy it was when she prayed to receive Christ into her heart on the 8th of April, Easter Sunday. As I was asked to conduct her memorial service, I began to recount God’s goodness in her life. First, she was saved as a result of the patient love and persistent prayers of many Christians especially her own daughter and son-in-law, Iris and Kevin. Second, she was called home in her sleep. All her work, trials and sufferings on earth have ended and now she is truly at rest in the arms of our Lord Jesus. Finally, she is now in a far better place enjoying the most joyful, satisfying, enriching, intimate, and refreshing relationships with God and all His children.

As I meditated about her present state in Heaven, I was once again thrilled by the blessings of what I could look forward to when I see Jesus in Heaven.

Many years ago, I was having an after-dinner conversation with a Christian farmer in America. Among the many things we talked about was the topic regarding Heaven. This dear Christian told me in his Southern drawl, “When I do get to Heaven, the first thing I want to do is to sit down by the river Jordan and do some fishing”. I added jokingly, that if I see him there, I might join him too. We had a hearty laugh. To this farmer, Heaven is a place to relax and enjoy his hobby of fishing!

But Heaven is more than just a place full of fun and pleasure. In fact, it is a place prepared by God for all His redeemed people. Believers have eternal life beyond bodily death (Jn. 3: 16), and our eternal homes are prepared and reserved for us in Heaven (Jn. 14: 2, 3; 1 Pet. 1: 4). This is our “inheritance (which is) incorruptible and undefiled, and that fadeth not away.” A picture of the glories and joys of our heavenly home, in God’s very presence, is given in Rev. 21 & 22. Amidst all these, there will be no more tears, no more death, sorrow or suffering, no more need for the sun or moon, for the Lord Himself is the light – no more night time, and no more sin, no more curse. What a wonderful place Heaven is! And as believers, we should be looking forward to our wondrous Home in glory.

Can we be sure we will meet our loved ones in Heaven? The answer is a resounding, yes! I am also very sure that Iris, Kevin and their family will see their beloved mother in Heaven.

What about you? Do you have this certainty that you will be with your loved ones in Heaven? Are you looking forward to meet them and your Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ too? I pray that every time you are reminded of death, you will pause to think about your own future. Where will you spend eternity?

For those of us who belong to Christ, I pray that as we live our lives here on earth we will grow more and more excited in our anticipation of Christ’s return and our reunion with our loved ones in the blessed place He has prepared for us (Jn. 14: 1-3).

Rev. Mark Tay