by Dr. Charles Stanley
Heading for Heaven
Do you believe Jesus is trustworthy? You probably answered that question with a resounding, “YES!” But, is this vibrant faith evident in your response to heartaches and adversity? In John 14:2-4, Jesus tells His disciples that He will prepare a place for them in heaven. He also promises to return one day and bring them to the glorious mansion prepared for them. When that happens, all of the world’s troubles will fall away, completely replaced by Jesus’ preparations in heaven.
That sounds like wonderful news! Yet, isn’t it interesting how Jesus couches His promise? He tells them, “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me” (John 14:1). “Troubled”? Why would Jesus frame the promise of heaven with an encouragement about trouble?
The Lord intimately knows the power of adversity. Because He experienced the full range of human emotion, He knows hardships can easily distract us from our faith in God. When He spoke the words in John 14, the idea of betrayal was fresh on the disciples’ minds. (John 13:21-27) Jesus realized they would soon be heading toward even more heartache than that (-29). So, He gives them a glimpse of the finish line.
Jesus’ words to the disciples are a reminder that the “here and now” is not all we have to look toward. No matter what life throws at us, we know we’ll be heading for heaven in the end. At that time, the difficulty will be over. What remains will be a celebration… that lasts forever.
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