How do those Olympic gymnasts do it?
Athletic perfection is a beauty to behold. I marvel at the physical strength, grace, skill and mental toughness of Olympic athletes in general, but in my opinion the gymnasts are the strongest and most skilled of them all. They have my sincere admiration and respect.
Maybe you, like me, never had and never will have the strength, skill and focus of an olympic athlete this side of heaven.
So, let’s think about the possibilities on the other side of heaven.
Contrary to popular opinion, heaven will not be an eternal church service (although the worship there will be so thrilling and satisfying that we might wish it were) or an ethereal bodiless existence in the clouds. Heaven will be the perfect recreation of the earth, the redemption of all that was lost in the Garden of Eden.
Can you imagine pursuing your passions, interests, and relationships without the drag and frustration of sin, evil, weakness and fatigue? Even more fantastically, we will know, serve and love our Savior with our “brilliant minds and powerful bodies.” In heaven we won’t compete or work to satisfy ourselves. Our efforts will be for the unlimited and unending glory of God. We might not know it yet, but as we serve and love Him we will find supreme satisfaction ourselves.
The same Bible that describes the future reality of heaven also teaches us how to make sure we will experience it. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Don’t miss it! If you don’t yet know Jesus, now is an excellent time to accept his offer of eternal life.
How do you envision heaven? What do you imagine doing with your “brilliant mind and powerful body?” Do you think we’ll be gymnasts in heaven (if we want to be?) I figure we’ll have all of eternity to practice!
Note: I first heard these quotes in a sermon series called The Inside Story by Colin Smith. If you are interested in learning more about heaven, check out the sermons on Heaven and The Resurrection. Another excellent resource is the book Heaven by Randy Alcorn.