Heavenly Expressions

I was thinking about the sermon on Heaven that Pastor Barker is going to be preaching this Sunday at C3, and I was reminded of this ad in the latest Consumer Reports magazine (it was listed in the funny “Selling It” section, along with the subsequent caption):

happy funeral

It made me laugh… but then it made me think: if people really know where I’m going when I die, maybe they actually will be this happy when I do. I know I’ll be smiling this big when I get there!

The question is: why wait? A true picture of Heaven should change the way I look today.

I often wonder what Stephen’s expression was when he got his own personal advanced screening of God’s throne:

But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” (Acts 7:55-56)

We’re told that there was something so visibly distinctive about his countenance that everyone who saw him on that occasion thought “that his face was like the face of an angel” (Acts 6:15). When he was allowed to peer through the window panes of Heaven, he was overwhelmed — mesmerized — visibly transformed. That’s what I need. I need to cultivate such a vivid image of eternity in my heart that it shows up on my face — a reflection of the glory. Like Moses lingering in the Tent of Meeting, may my time in the presence of God — contemplating “His appearing and His kingdom” —  be so rich that people notice a difference in my eyes.

And they won’t be able to wipe that smile off my face.

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