A couple of weeks ago, I was part of a conversation where the question was asked, “Why did God create us if we weren’t destined for something greater? We go to Heaven and that’s it? We’re done? What do we do for Eternity?” I was surprised by the question and sad for the person who asked it.
“Heaven is the dwelling place of God and the saints who are ultimately saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone” (CARM.org). In my mind, Heaven is the ultimate reward. Heaven is where we will be with our Creator and be in continuous worship and fellowship with Him and other believers. “We go to Heaven and that’s it?” What more could there be? The stress and pain of this world is gone. You’re filled with love and joy and in continuous worship. I struggle to understand why that isn’t enough.
Last weekend I had the opportunity of spending the weekend at a ladies retreat for church. We spent the weekend focused on Jesus, learning about discipleship, and in continuous worship. It was a stress-free weekend. Filled with fun, great food, and a focus on God and what He wants for our lives. I don’t think we can ever understand or comprehend what Heaven will be like. But if there is anything similar to what Heaven will be like here on Earth, I think it is things like the ladies retreat I attended. I think spending time in community with others where the focus is on Christ.
We attend an amazing church in our little community. Because we live in a rural area with several smaller towns, we have people from all over the valley who travel to our little church. When Brian and I first heard about this church we were honestly, a little leery. A church community. People who spent their time together. Not just on Sunday, but people who did life together. We were concerned because we didn’t want to spend that much time doing “churchy stuff”. It’s amazing how our perspective has changed over the years.
Brain and I had attended a few different churches in our short Christian walk, but when we started attending our current church, everything changed. As leery as we were to be so involved with all that “churchy stuff”, it was exactly what we were looking for. For the first time in our lives we began to grow in God’s word. We began to understand why we believed what we believed and we began to become who God created us to be. That “churchy stuff” that we didn’t want was just living life with fellow believers. It was fellowship, worship, honoring God in our daily lives and making Him the center.
People think that worship is bowing down or raising your hands in praise. But in reality, worship is showing love, honor, respect, and praise, to what is important to you. As a Christian one of the greatest ways to worship God is to be in fellowship with other believers.
I really think that Heaven is going to be an awesome time of worship. It will be better than anything I can fathom. It is being in constant fellowship and worship with God without the distraction of life and the stressors we experience as human beings. “Why did God create us if we weren’t destined for something greater? We go to Heaven and that’s it? We’re done? What do we do for Eternity?” Why did God create us if we weren’t destined for something greater?” I can’t imagine anything greater than being in eternal fellowship and worship with my Creator. We go to Heaven and that’s it? We’re done? We’re done with the challenges, we’re done with the stress. We get to live in peace and contentment. Isn’t that what people are searching for in this life. Chasing the dream of contentment and happiness, only to be disappointed by the next stressor that life throws at you. So, I guess yeah, in my view, that’s it… we’re done. What do we do for eternity? I think we live in worship and fellowship with our God and fellow believers for eternity. I can’t imagine a greater way to experience Heaven.
I’m just a Small Town Girl…Living in a world of worship.