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Heavenly Boredem
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Does God really want us to go to heaven and be with Him forever? Won’t He get bored or tired of us?

Pastor Steve Answers:

We can certainly get bored or tired of certain people. And spending eternity with them doesn’t exactly sound like heaven, does it? Of course, people also get bored with fads or things such as food (ever had so much chocolate that you needed a break for a while?); school (isn’t that what vacations are for?); even music (people keep looking and listening for a new sound, even if it’s just recycled from 20 years ago). Remember, though, that God certainly is creative. Just consider this earth that He made from scratch. And creativity can take care of boredom.Also, since God made us in His image (see Genesis 1:26, 27), we can be creative too. Just imagine what will happen when we aren’t held back by sin and its results! The sky that used to be our limit won’t be anymore! That’s sure a cure for boredom.

Let’s also consider our relationship with God in heaven. When I talk with some teens, I find that their understanding of God hasn’t changed since they were little children. So they get bored with Him, because what they know of Him fits better in preschool than with the issues they face now. Evidently they came up with some idea of who God is and locked on it. That’s left them with a childhood God, almost like a Santa Claus, for their teen years. What’s your relationship with God like? In Hebrews 13:8 we read, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” But if you think you have God all figured out, get ready to grow! While Jesus might be the same, our understanding of Him is going to continue to develop and expand throughout eternity. For example, Jesus told His disciples, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:12, 13).

A good relationship such as a friendship or marriage is one in which both people feel secure and accepted to the point that they can continue to develop. The same is true with our relationship with God. It’s dynamic and living; it’s not boring or dead—nor will it be in heaven! The only time I can think of God getting sick of us is when He corrected His people in Laodicea for being lukewarm instead of hot or even cold (see Revelation 3:15). So perhaps the best thing for us to do is to quit seeking a comfortably lukewarm existence on earth and be on fire for God!

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By Steve Case. Reprinted with permission from Insight Magazine Online. Copyright © 2012 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®.

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