Straight to the Heart

About 10 years ago there was a Robin Williams’ movie, What Dreams May Come. Remember it? In the end Robin’s character had managed to arrive in “heaven” with his wife and children. His heaven looked like one of his wife’s paintings- cottage, trees, fields of flowers. The family was wonderfully happy to gather together again. Even their old dog was there.

I remember thinking after watching the movie: obviously not a Christian film, but what a nice happily-ever-after ending… all the things and people that he loved were going to spend eternity together.

Fast forward to tonight when I read this passage by John Piper:

“The critical question for our generation- and for every generation- is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ was not there?”

Oh.

Made me stop and think. Even made me remember that song we used to sing in school when we gathered at the flag pole to pray. “At my Father’s house there’ll be a big, big table with lots and lots of food… a big, big yard where we can play football, etc.”
How often we focus on everything except the One Thing that matters about heaven.

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3 Comments to “Straight to the Heart”

  1. You've hit the nail right on the head!
    Heaven is about being with God for all eternity. Being in His presence in a world that will be what He planned in the beginning.
    People take God & Christ out of their thoughts of Heaven just like they take them out of their thoughts of Christmas. Without Christ, we have just a holiday to spend money and eat too much.

  2. good thoughts…

  3. hmmm, very true

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