I believe that if there is ever a masquerade ball in heaven, that I am going to show up with a pair of glasses on.
How much time do you give to thoughts of our home, and what are they generally? Most people I think probably have thoughts that may be correct in part, but do not take into consideration Psalm 16:11, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Do you really expect to do nothing else but stand in front of the Almighty for the rest of eternity saying, “Holy, Holy, Holy.” That job is already taken, sorry.
And the robes will we wear them continuously? No, I don’t think so, special occasions only.
How about shopping malls several hundred miles square, with every possible delight available, sporting events where the winning side is praised for their accomplishments by the team that lost. Trips to planets innumerable, everything that you can possibly think of, and more than you will ever be able to. Where will we find our greatest joy though? In His presence, just like the verse says. Those special days where every single one of us, along with every angel will rejoice beyond comprehension, will feel and know a love that is incomparable, and will know for a fact that it will never end.
This is why we speak to the lost, this is one of the main reasons that we reach out to them, whether they want to listen at times or not, because the inverse of our joy is the existence of their sorrow. It is important to not only inform them of why they are loved, but of what awaits them if they do not heed the call, just as much as it is to tell them, as much as we know, about the eternal joy and pleasures that await all who have called Jesus Lord. It is also just as important that they know that there are no other options, that there is no intermediary place, that Hebrews 9:27 is true, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”
The eternal life that we who have been crucified with Christ has no equal, there is nothing to compare it to, there is no photograph that even comes close, and it is by reservation only. Heaven is the epitome of the gated community. To those of you that may have some difficulty imagining the pleasure part of heaven, I would ask you to contemplate this, what will your job title be in heaven, what will your day to day, so to speak, responsibilities be in our eternal home. Along with that, if it helps, will you have regular work hours, and if so, what will you do in your “off” time? Is it making it easier?
Some of these thoughts can be inferred from the life of Christ, how many times did He go to find a place apart from the crowd, how many times did He take just a few of the disciples, or even all of them, and go off to just be together, “down time” I believe some people call it. It is one of the reasons that so little is spoken about heaven, and one of the reasons that we have been given an imagination.
The finest restaurants, always with what you want to eat, the most luxurious resorts, always within grasp, the endless views, always available. Pleasures forevermore. We, my friends, are going to be indulged forever, without end, and not one of those pleasures will ever fade away, because we are loved. “But as it is written, 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 Cor. 2:9) Where our Savior is, is where we are going, He has promised, and every single one of His promises are true, for He is indeed faithful.