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It was presentation day.
We were dressed in business professional attire.
We had been practicing our presentations for a few weeks in a nearly empty conference room, and now an audience began filing in.

Talk of what these presentations would be like started during our first week as interns. Final presentations were the summation of all the work done during the summer, they were often recorded and passed along— a record of your work and skill.

We made the invite list for those we would like to attend, invites were also extended to company executives. Top company and branch executives would be there.

They were known to ask each intern questions at the end of the presentation. At the bottom of the totem pole, we interns did not know the executives well, and couldn’t predict what they might ask us. We had to come prepared to answer anything.

Presentation day was here, and 12 presentations later, no executives showed.

A lot of our anticipation to see company Vice Presidents and executives faded— it felt like preparation was in vain. Our expected audience was there, but without the special guests a gap existed, an open tab not closed.

Imagine a marriage supper without the expected guests of honor, the bride and groom.
Beautiful arrangements, colorful flowers, delicious food, laughter with fun company, but no wedding couple.
Tables filled with guests and arranged to face the head table, which was empty.

Could you live for a heaven without God?
The focus of heaven is Christ, he is seated at the right hand of the Father and reigning now. Living for heaven is living for God. Living for anything else is in vain.

We cannot long for our own peace, healing, treasure in heaven and forget the Prince of Peace who allows us to partake in the riches of his glory. We do not have peace, healing, or treasure without Christ’s finished work on the cross.

A Glorious Preparation

We are called to prepare for heaven, promised to us by God.

1 Corinthians 15:58 says:

“Therefore, my beloved brothers,
be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,
knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

Unlike the presentation, preparation for heaven and God’s promises will never be in vain:

“Not one of the promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed,
all have come to pass.”
Joshua 21:45

“All of the promises of God find their Yes in Him.”
2 Corinthians 1:20

“He has granted to us his precious and very great promises..”
2 Peter 1:4

God promises eternity with him, that we have been resurrected with Christ and will join God in His presence for eternity:

“…He who has promised is faithful.”
Hebrews 10:23

When God promises us heaven, eternity spent with Him in glory, we can rejoice remembering that ALL of the promises of the Lord remain true. His yes is always yes. His no is always no. His love for us is described as everlasting.

The presence of God is the very thing that makes eternity in heaven glorious. Creatures of God’s creation, we are made to worship our Savior in His presence.

How do we prepare for heaven?
Believing executives would be at the presentation motivated the group to tirelessly prepare in advance.
How much more should we, the children of God, prepare for eternity with our Father.

Hebrews 12:1-2  tells us that by following those who lived by faith, we are called to “lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him enduring the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

1 Peter 1:6  tells us we will have to endure through trials in preparation for heaven “so that the tested genuineness of your faith– more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire– may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Heaven is a gift from God nothing we ourselves can boast in or attain on our own. We need Christ’s sacrifice for our preparation, his finished work promises to sanctify us until Christ returns and brings us to heaven.

 “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,
and thus offer to God acceptable worship,
with reverence and awe,
for our God is a consuming fire.”
Hebrews 12:28

The will of God for us here on earth is that we rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-17)

Glory be to God.

In Christ,