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When you picture heaven, what do you see? Do you imagine people strumming harps and sitting on clouds? Or do you picture a long, green fairway leading to a gently sloping green. Oh, wait a minute. For some people golf would be a place of torment.
Let’s stop and try again. Settle back and think about heaven as described in the book of Revelation. Do you envision pearly gates and streets of gold? Do you picture a city illuminated by the glory of God? Do you smell the blooming fruit trees or hear the water flowing in the river of life? Maybe you hear a multitude of voices praising God. Can you picture the smiles of deceased loved ones or the beaming face of Jesus?
Heaven will be populated with a multitude of people who followed Christ. Picture the diversity described in Revelation 7:9, “After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.” (NIV)
God’s creative genius resulted in a rich diversity of people. Heaven will be filled with this diversity. Regardless of race, language or ethnic origin, we are all equal and precious in his sight. God loves all and so should we.
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