On the Way to Heaven

Reflections: On the Way to Heaven

John Piper, in Life Is A Vapor p134-139, discusses a sermon preached by Jonathan Edwards in 1733 entitled “The Christian Pilgrim, Or, The True Christian’s Life a Journey Toward Heaven.” Edwards’ description of what it should be like to live as pilgrims on our way to heaven galvanized my thinking as I mulled over the death of a dear friend.

Here are some statements he makes about pilgrims. Let the implications sink deeply into your soul.

Pilgrims are not diverted from their aim.

Pilgrims are to hold the things of this world loosely.

Pilgrims become like what they hope to attain.

Pilgrims will not be satisfied with anything less than God.

Pilgrims are not grieved by their arrival at the journey’s end.

Pilgrims ponder what they pursue.

Pilgrims travel together.

Of course, Jonathan Edwards was a pilgrim in the truest sense. He gave up much, not for the giving but for the goal. Indeed, he traveled the road to heaven and finished well. He is worth our attentive ears.

 Perhaps we should be praying that we might love our world less and heaven more