If you had the opportunity to spend the evening with any person who’s ever lived, who would you choose? Probably someone fascinating, knowledgeable, and accomplished. High on my list would be C. S. Lewis, A. W. Tozer, Jonathan Edwards, Hudson Taylor, and Charles Spurgeon. Or how about Ruth, David, Mary, Paul, or Adam and Eve? I’d enjoy meeting Eric Liddell, the great runner and Christ-follower portrayed in Chariots of Fire.
Perhaps you’d choose someone beautiful and talented. Maybe you’d hope that at the end of the evening he or she would have enjoyed your company enough to want to spend time with you again.
Is Jesus the first person you would choose? Who is more beautiful, talented, knowledgeable, fascinating, and interesting than he?
The good news is, he chose you. If you’re a Christian, you’ll be with him for eternity and enjoy endless fascinating conversations and experiences. Incredibly, he’ll also enjoy your company and mine. After all, he paid the ultimate price just so he could have us over to his place for eternity.
Most of us would love to spend the evening with a great author, musician, artist, or head of state. God is the master artist who created the universe, the inventor of music, the author and main character of the unfolding drama of redemption. Head of state? He’s king of the entire universe. Yet if someone says, “I want to go to Heaven to be with God forever,” others wonder, Wouldn’t that be boring?
What are we thinking?
The very qualities we admire in others—every one of them—are true of God. He’s the source of everything we find fascinating. Who made Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart? Who gave them their gifts? Who created music itself and the ability to perform it?
All that is admirable and fascinating in human beings comes from their Creator.
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Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries.