She was right. She usually was. Nineteen years ago today, my beloved sister kissed this world goodbye and walked into the arms of Christ. Before she did, she spoke these last words to me, “You’ll be so happy for me, Dave, I’m going to be with my Jesus.”
I can’t say that I was immediately happy for her, because the pain was just too great. But, today I can say with all sincerity that I am. For no longer do I focus primarily on all we lost that day; now I’m able to focus on all she has gained. As I remember her life here, I’m also reminded of her life there. Just yesterday I read this promise, “…having been justified by His grace we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:7). Over and over again Scripture tells us that we are heirs of God, and co-heirs with Christ (e.g., Romans 8:17, Eph 3:6).
What does an heir inherit? Everything that belongs to the father. And what does God the Father possess? Just EVERY THING! Therefore, if we take God at His Word, Bernadette (and all her fellow heirs), are currently enjoying everything good that God has every created. All the good, without a hint of sin or sadness – sounds heavenly!
What will it look like? I’m not sure anyone can tell us. As Joni Erickson Tada once wrote, “…heaven defies the blank canvas of the artist.” Earth’s most beautiful spots are “only a dim reflection, a preliminary rendering of the glory that will one day be revealed.”
Christians who have gone before us are enjoying God’s best this very moment, and we’re to look forward to it as well (2 Peter 3:14). So enjoy your inheritance, Berna, we’ll share it together one day! –Dave
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