Summary: In heaven, enjoyment will be the task of every day.
NEVER A BORING DAY
C: Heaven will not be boring!
Th: Heaven Can’t Wait
Pr: ENJOYMENT WILL BE THE TASK OF EVERY DAY IN HEAVEN.
?: What? What will we be doing?
TS: We will find in our study of Scripture four pursuits that will bring enjoyment to our life in heaven.
Type: Propositional, Topical
The ____ pursuit we will have in heaven is…
PA: How is the change to be observed?
• Be heavenly-minded so you can be earthly-good.
• Don’t miss out on what will be the best thing that could ever happen to you.
RMBC 17 June 07 AM
ILL Play (H)
I was once again fictionally playing golf with Tim Eliason…
And as usual, I muffed the tee shot and it sliced into the woods. Then I hit the ball into a few trees. I then proceeded to hit across the fairway into another woods. Finally, after banging away several more times, I proceeded to hit into a sand trap in front of the green.
All the while, Tim was patiently watching me make a mess of the first hole. He, of course, hit the ball down the middle, and then right onto the green.
We were both looking at my ball in the sand, and so I asked Tim, "What club should I use now?"
"I don’t know," Tim said. "What game are you playing?"
Well, again that didn’t happen with Tim.
It was fiction, but that scenario has been one of mine over and over again.
But it causes me to ask this question…
What do you consider fun?
I have a love-hate relationship with golf.
I love the atmosphere.
I hate the way I play.
But, most of the time, I still have fun.
We want to answer the question this morning…
1. What is heaven like?
Will it be fun?
Or will it be like it is in the movies, where everything is white, you look like you are living inside a carton of cotton balls, and everyone is strumming harps?
ILL Heaven (S)
That kind of thinking reminds us of Mark Twain’s famous story of Miss Watson, a rather stodgy old fuddy-duddy who is the guardian for Huck in Huckleberry Finn.
She began to tell Huck Finn about heaven, and Huck later mused: “She said. . . she was going to live so as to go to the good place. I made up my mind I shouldn’t try for it. But I never said so, because it would only make trouble and wouldn’t do no good. Now she had got a start, and she went on and told me all about the good place. She said all a body would have to do there was to go around all day long with a harp and sing, forever and ever. So I didn’t think much of it. But I never said so. I asked her if she reckoned Tom Sawyer would go there, and, she said, not by a considerable sight. I was glad about that, because I wanted him and me to be together.”
You will recall, from last week’s message, that Mark Twain said, “I’ll take heaven for the climate and Hell for the society.”
But such a statement badly misjudges the awfulness of hell and the awesomeness of heaven.
And it is why we are doing this series this month called, “Heaven Can’t Wait.”
The good news about heaven is too good to ignore.
And the misconceptions need to be corrected.
2. If someone believes that heaven is boring, then their thinking about God is wrong (I Corinthians 2.9).
Note what Paul says in I Corinthians…
But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”…
God is preparing a better place for us and it is better than anything we will ever experience here on earth
A person who wants to go to hell to be with his buddies badly misjudges both heaven and hell.
If you somehow come to the conclusion that heaven is boring, it is heretical nonsense.
You see, “Everything good, enjoyable, refreshing, fascinating, and interesting is derived from God.” (Alcorn)
In hell, friendship and good times don’t exist.
No, it is a place of torment, isolation, monotony and deadly boredom.
Somewhere along the line, though, we begin to believe the lie that sin is what is fun and being good is what is boring.
ILL Sin (S)
Randy Alcorn has written in his book Heaven:
“Sin doesn’t make life interesting; it makes life empty. Sin doesn’t create adventure; it blunts it. Sin doesn’t expand life; it shrinks it. Sin’s emptiness inevitably leads to boredom.”