“There have been times when I think we do not desire heaven but more often I find myself wondering whether, in our heart of hearts, we have ever desired anything else.” C. S. Lewis
“Nothing is more often misdiagnosed than our homesickness for Heaven.” Randy Alcorn
Pick #2 in my 5 Books to Help You Love Heaven countdown is Randy Alcorn’s Heaven. In his book, Randy points out that instead of shying away from the topic of Heaven, we are to pursue it—because God tells us to. See His command in Colossians 3:1, “Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.”
Randy Alcorn writes that “the Greek words ‘set your hearts on’ denote man’s general philosophical search or quest” and shares a few other places the word or phrase is used:
- Luke 19:10: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
- Matthew 18:12: “What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying?”
- Luke 15:8: “Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?”
- Matthew 13:45&46: “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
So as Christ seeks the lost, as a shepherd searches for a wayward sheep, as a poverty-stricken widow searches for her last coin, and as the discerning merchant searches for the one pearl of great price—with the same hope and passion and longing—we are to seek Heaven.
Randy Alcorn describes this as, “diligent active single-minded investigation.” And with his book Heaven, he provides a wonderful, well-researched and inspiring resource to aid in our quest.
Here are some Randy Alcorn quotes that stuck with me:
“You are made for a person and a place. Jesus is the person. Heaven is the place.”
“The God who rules the world with grace and truth will not be satisfied until every sin, every sorrow, every thorn is reckoned with.”
“Death is an abnormal condition because it tears apart what God created and joined together. God intended for our bodies to last as long as our souls.”
“For Christians this present life is the closest they will come to Hell. For unbelievers, it is the closest they will come to Heaven.”
“The things we love are not merely the best this life has to offer—they are previews of the greater life to come.”
“Not only will we see His face and live, but we will likely wonder if we ever lived before we saw His face!”
Though the topic is broad, this book is easy to use, since it’s organized into three sections: Pt. I Theology of Heaven, Pt. II Questions & Answers about Heaven, & Pt. III Living in Light of Heaven. My well-worn copy has passed through many hands. Follow this link to purchase a copy of Heaven to share with the ones you love.
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What about you, friends?
- Do you think much of your Heavenly home?
- Are you curious to know how our lives will be there?
- Is there someone special you look forward to reuniting with one day?
- What’s your favorite verse about Heaven?
- What non-fiction book or novel changed your perspective on spiritual journey in a big way?
Please know that, though I may not respond right away, I eventually visit the blogs of all who leave comments. And whenever I see your names here, I always, always pray for you! Blessings!
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