Life At Its Best: Heaven is real
By Jim Graff
May 24, 2013 at 12:24 a.m.
What happens when we die? It's a question we've probably all thought about at one time or another. It can be a hard one to wrap our minds around. I first asked myself this question at 15, when my dad suffered from a severe heart attack. My mom called me with the news, and I quickly rushed to the hospital.
When I got there, I heard the doctors say, "We've lost him." My heart sank. He called the other doctors over to try to shock him back to life. Thankfully, after the third shock, he came back.
Although my dad lived, death became more real to me that day than ever. I couldn't help but wonder what would've happened if the doctors' efforts had been in vain. Where would he be?
I'd grown up in church and was taught that heaven was real. But suddenly, I was no longer content to simply take someone else's word for it. I wanted to know for myself.
I think we've all been there before. For one reason or another, we've questioned the reality of heaven. We want to know if this unseen place truly exists. Thankfully, God knew we'd have these doubts.
That's why He gave us more than 550 verses in His word that talk about heaven. He wants us to be sure that heaven is real. And He wants that certainty to create excitement about what the future holds.
Building our confidence in heaven starts with being confident in who Jesus is. In John 14:2, Jesus says, "Trust in God, and trust also in me. There's more than enough room in my Father's home. If this were not so, would I have told you?"
There's no one more worthy of our trust than Jesus. There were more than 350 prophecies made about Him throughout the Bible, and He fulfilled every one of them. He's kept every promise He's ever made.
So if He's promised us heaven, we can be sure it exists. Now, it doesn't mean we won't have our occasional doubts. But when we do, we must fight them with the truth of God's word.
So when doubt comes, remind yourself of who Jesus is. Study the promises and prophecies He's fulfilled. Think back on the promises He's kept in your own life, and allow your trust in Him to strengthen your trust in the place He's prepared for you.
Then, choose to live by faith. Even with the scriptures and fulfilled prophecies, faith is still necessary to believe in a place we can't see.
The Bible commands us in 2 Corinthians 5:7, "Live by faith, not by sight." Although it may sound simple, this isn't always easy.
If you're like me, it's tempting to let your logic override God's promise. But we must continue to have faith in what He's promised.
How do you view the future? I encourage you not to live in fear. Become confident in Jesus and in His promise of heaven. Choose to walk by faith, and live excited about the future He's prepared for you.
Jim Graff is the Senior Pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. faithfamilyvictoria.com.