REV. BILLY GRA­HAM

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Life -

Q: Is it wrong for me to long for Heaven in or­der to es­cape the dis­ap­point­ments of this life? – H.B.

A: Heaven will be a place in which its in­hab­i­tants will be freed from the fears, in­se­cu­ri­ties and dis­ap­point­ments that plague us in the present life. We will be free from fi­nan­cial pres­sures that bur­den us down here; free from the fear of per­sonal harm. There will be no fear of per­sonal fail­ure. Our re­la­tion­ship with God will be in­ti­mate and di­rect.

It pleases God that His chil­dren would long for His heav­enly home that He is pre­par­ing for us; not as a place of es­cape, but as a place where we will en­joy His pres­ence for­ever.

But we mustn’t shirk our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in this life. God in­tends for us to live full lives and to be en­gaged with oth­ers. We do not have to look far to find those who are more dis­ap­pointed than we are or per­haps in worse health. Life is not about us; it is about learn­ing to get along with our fel­low man and most of all, life is about what we de­cide con­cern­ing the Lord Je­sus Christ. A true Chris­tian spirit de­sires to spend eter­nity with God in Heaven and wants to tell as many peo­ple about this great hope so that oth­ers can also en­joy the re­wards of Heaven and the glory of God Him­self. Un­til then, be faith­ful to pro­claim this great mes­sage.

There is a song that says, “But un­til then my heart will go on singing, un­til then with joy I'll carry on, un­til the day my eyes be­hold that city, un­til the day God calls me home.”

“Now hope does not dis­ap­point, be­cause the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit” (Ro­mans 5:5).

This col­umn is based on the words and writ­ings of the late Rev. Billy Gra­ham.

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