You may have noticed

There has been some extra traffic in the Pell City area this week, and I’m sure you have noticed it. There will be about an extra one hundred eighty thousand people that will come near us for the semi annual race at Talladega super speedway. To put it in perspective, the entire population of Pell City is just under ten thousand. So many extra people coming in this area for the Aaron’s 499, many spent hours packing clothes, getting their car serviced, making reservations for hotels and bedding. Some making preparations to stay in a motor home for the weekend may have spent many days getting ready for this event.

All that was said to say this. How much time do we spend preparing our souls for Heaven? One of my favorite saying concerning Heaven comes from Brother Jerry Jenkins “Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people”. It’s so easy to spend time in preparation for things like the race in Talladega.Things that, even though we enjoy them here, they will not last for eternity. Peter tells us very clearly that there will be a time when “the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” (II Pet. 3:10). We should always remember “Heaven is a prepared place, for a prepared people”

Heaven is a prepared place:  Jesus said “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:1-3).

Even the finest homes that have been built have only taken a few months or so to build. It is interesting to watch someone build a house. In the short time I have lived in Pell City I have watch so many houses built, all in less than a year. I remember the anticipation I had a a few years ago moving into my new house.  It was perfect. Imagine the beauty of Heaven. Jesus nearly two thousand years ago says that He is going to prepare a place for us. Jesus in fact stated that Heaven is a place that has been “prepared for us since before the foundation of the world” (Matt 25:34). Literally God has been preparing, and Jesus is preparing heaven, for His people, since before the foundation of the world.

We know that heaven will be “pure gold, like clear glass” (Rev 21:16), with a street that is “pure gold, like transparent glass” (Rev 21:21).   Heaven will be “like a bride adorned for her husband” (Rev 21:2). Heaven should be a place that we want to be, because it will be the home of God. Paul said “to be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord” (II Cor. 5:8). John describes heaven as the “tabernacle of God… with men” (Rev 21:3-5).

 But heaven will only be the home of those who have made preparations in this life to be there. It is only for those who are written in the Lambs book of Life (Rev: 20:15).