Passage: Luke 24:36-43

What will we do in Heaven?

Quite possibly the most common answer to this is, “We will spend eternity worshiping God and Jesus.” As I wrote a few days back, the central focus of Heaven is Jesus, but I do have a confession to make. For many years I have struggled with the idea that Heaven will simply be an unending church service where all we do is sing one praise song after another!

I have discovered however, I am not alone in my thinking. Well known author, John Eldredge has written:

“Nearly every Christian I have spoken with (has) settled on an image of the never-ending sing-along in the sky, one great hymn after another, forever and ever, amen. And our heart sinks. Forever and ever? That’s it? That’s the good news? And then we sigh and feel guilty that we are not more ‘spiritual.’”

I believe our vision of Heaven – and the Bible’s – is grander than that! For one, Heaven is a place where will spend a lot of time simply enjoying each other’s company. I do not think it is any accident that Scripture records for us several occasions where the resurrected Jesus just hung out with His disciples over a meal.

Why do we not expect Heaven to be the same?

A favourite song of mine is “Mango Shade” by Graeme Connors. For me, it taps into my longing for home and the joy that comes from being with people you love deeply.

Not surprisingly then, a picture of heaven I have is of sitting under a large, shaded mango tree – there is a party going on – and many of my family and dear friends are there. A couple of people I am especially looking forward to seeing under that tree are Wes Caddy and Grayson Simpson. And Jesus is there as well, joining in the conversation and even laughing at Grayson’s jokes!

And I want you to know this – you are welcome to join me under my mango tree.

Don’t turn down the invitation – Jesus and the party is waiting for you!

What picture do you have of Heaven?