“Daddy, can I be with you?”
This question goo-ifies my heart. What sort of monster could say “no?”
One of my daughters has an affectionate streak, and she often expresses this by spending time with people she loves. She doesn’t need to play a game or focus on a task, she just wants to be nearby. The other day she wanted to “be with me” but I needed to cut the grass. So she spent about 20 minutes happily trailing six feet behind me as I pushed the mower.
I don’t have an exclusive claim on my daughter’s affections. She loves to be with her mother, her sister, and even some other friends (adults and children) in her life. What’s surprising to me is how frankly and starkly she expresses this desire. She simply wants to be with the people she loves. Boy, do I have a lot to learn from her.
What is the Best Thing About Heaven?
You’ve heard that heaven will be good, right? You may be able to make a list of the awesome things about heaven without stopping any time soon. New earth, new bodies, no pain, no more curse, eternal life, and on and on. But this list has a God-sized hole. Not only is God the best thing about heaven, he is the center and focus of heaven and being with him will be the greatest delight in heaven. This is the highest and best end of Jesus’ saving work.
For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that he might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit. (1 Peter 3:18, NASB, emphasis mine)
We were separated by our sin, unable to approach God on our own. So Jesus died that we could be with God.
We rightly long for all of the secondary blessings of heaven. After several hours of work in the yard, I especially yearn for the absence of the curse. But the absolutely best part about heaven is that we will be with God, our creator, provider, savior, king and friend. We will “see him as he is” (1 John 3:2, ESV), and this will be the cause of indescribable, unending joy.
Is this your longing? Pray that it might be so.
Note: If you detect echoes of John Piper’s book God is the Gospel in this post, you have a keen eye. That book struck me like a swift, cool breeze on a fall day. Refreshing, bracing, and a bit uncomfortable (in a good way).
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