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October 24, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven.”—Revelation 4:1 (NKJV)
Over the next few days, we’re going to look at heaven in a very specific and particular way. Our goal won’t be to unpack every little detail that God’s Word gives us about heaven, but to focus on the actual layout of heaven. In other words, we’re going to study the geography of heaven. And as we do so, it will eventually point to a reality that’s surprising and encouraging.
Before we start, we need to accept the reality that heaven is set up in a definite way. It’s not a free-for-all up there! Sadly, there’ve been so many misrepresentations of heaven via literature, art, pop culture, and other mediums. It’s so bad that it’s left the world confused. With so many different takes on heaven, most question if there really is a right and reliable description of it.
There is! And it’s the source we will exclusively cite. That source is none other than the Book of Revelation. In the verse above, its author, John, was supernaturally shown a doorway that opened into heaven, itself. God gave John this vision because He wants mankind to know what heaven is like, and His description is the only one that matters. Now watch the first thing John sees: “Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne” (Revelation 4:2 NKJV).
The first thing John notices in heaven is a throne, and not just any throne, but the throne of all thrones! The throne upon which One sat, and that One is none other than God Almighty!
This is the fixed point in all creation where the Creator of all things has chosen to locate Himself. It is the spot! And as the geography of heaven unfolds, we are going to see that it’s the point that everything else is calibrated and oriented around. The throne of God is the center of everything in heaven!
Similarly, God’s throne needs to be the object to which our lives are oriented. Everything about our existence here on earth—our heart, mind, pain, struggles, dreams, beliefs, trust, absolutely everything that concerns us—should be directed God-ward. For it’s there, in His presence, that our lives find the perspective and power necessary to navigate this thing called life. As the sunflower will always face the sun, so our lives need to be pointed to the center of heaven, the throne!
DIG: Does heaven have a definitive geography?
DISOCVER: What’s at the center? What must our lives point towards and why?
DISPLAY: As you pray today, ask the Lord to realign anything in your life that isn’t centered on Him.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.