In the mid-1970s I took Coleman Crocker’s Personal Evangelism class in college. He handed out his short evangelistic study sheet, a handful of questions with yes and no answers. The very first question is, “Do you want to go to heaven?”
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist, and the sea existed no more.
Revelation 21.1 NET
Brother Crocker’s question could well describe the approach of the apostle John in writing the book of Revelation.
How much do you want to go to heaven? Be faithful, at all costs, and, after all the material universe has vanished, God will sweep you up to to that eternal place where all that is bad has been extinguished.
Not many people think of heaven any more. Christians do. Every day. The return of Christ to usher them into the glorious presence of God sums up their motivation for faithfulness, for service, for evangelism.
Do you want to go to heaven?
Oh, God, how much I want it. Glorious, perfect, pristine heaven! Right now. This minute. Where all is good and perfect and no one dies or suffers, not the little ones nor the old. Maranatha!
Hold this thought: More than life, to go to heaven I yearn, / With every step, to walk its streets I learn.
- Gasp! The ark of his covenant was seen within his temple (randalmatheny.com)
- Prepared for the end? (forthright.net)
- Our real home (chuckwebster.org)