Is heaven a difficult concept for kids to understand? I don’t think so. I remember loving to think about heaven when I was a child. (Maybe we adults make it hard?)
A concept I’m studying in Scripture these days is whether heaven is mankind’s eternal destination. Revelation 21:1 says that God will create a new heaven AND a new earth. Will I live in heaven with God, or is He creating a new, perfect earth where humanity will live and reign? It seems that heaven is where I go now when I die… “absent from the body is present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:6-8). But Jesus is preparing a new place for us (John 14:1-3), and in that wonderful day when He makes all things new, I will dwell with Him in the new earth and new Jerusalem.
I don’t think we’ll be sitting around in heaven on clouds, playing harps and singing with choirs for all eternity. Rather, I think we’ll be given responsibilities based upon how we served Him here during this lifetime (Matthew 25:34).
Author Myles Munroe writes that earth is our domain, but heaven is the domain of God. From heaven, He reigns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords over all realms, all principalities, and all creation. He is God of all and in control of all.
So when I pray to my father in heaven, I recognize His rulership, His sovereignty, and His power. I recognize that He created all… and that He created me. I am acknowledging that He has the right to reign in my life and my circumstances.
If you or your children struggle with fear, this is a great concept to think about during your day. Teach your children to commit their ways to the Lord. When problems surface in your day, kneel with them by the couch or bow together in your car. Bring all your requests, worries, and anxieties to your Father which is in heaven.
I welcome your comments!