For those of us who trust in Jesus, heaven is our final destination. I often think of heaven and what it might be like; however, some time ago I came to the conclusion that I really can’t comprehend a place without sin. A place with no greed, selfishness, rude and obnoxious behavior is unthinkable. My only experience is in a world darkened by sin, so I’m unable to comprehend a place without it. I have no reference point. So what will be in heaven?
As I was contemplating this question the other day, I came to two things that I am sure will be in heaven. I could come up with others, but these two helped me put a foundation to my projection of what will be in heaven. The Bible gives enough information to assure us that heaven will be the most wonderful place, but these two generalities fascinate my imagination and delight my soul.
The first is beauty. Here on the earth, even after sins devastation, I find extraordinary beauty. God has put so much beauty in his creation. I’m sure heaven will be filled with unimaginable beauty. The throne room in heaven, as described in Revelations chapter 4, is awe inspiring. The four beasts sound terrifying, yet I question whether they are not beautiful. From what I understand of God through his creation, beauty is always present, even in the most frightening things like a volcano. Therefore, I’m sure as I walk the streets of heaven, I will find beauty beyond what I can imagine.
The second thing that I know I will find in heaven is love. God is love (1 John 4:16). So his heaven will surely be filled with love. This is counter to the sin filled world I live in. Love as described in 1 Corinthians chapter 13 states all the qualities that I desire in myself and others. In my sinful nature I fall short of these qualities, but in heaven I will live in an atmosphere of love that will permeate my existence. I can’t really comprehend this, yet I am convinced that love is the eternal attribute that will reign in heaven.