Heaven will be a place full of surprises—as we’ve all heard—because we’ll see people we didn’t expect to see in Heaven (and maybe they’ll be oh-so-surprised to see us there, too!).
So the story goes: Heaven will be surprisingly full (Matt. 8:11) and wonderfully diverse (Rev. 7:9). And we’ll all get along famously.
But it’s not like Free Will is going to be zapped from our brains or like we’ll have forgotten our former strife with other individuals, groups, or nations. No.
Fact is, those of us who make it there will have freely chosen to put on our spiritual big boy and big girl pants.
In The Message bible (Gal. 3:27), spiritual maturity is described as looking like we’re dressed up in clothes from our “adult faith wardrobe.”
Wearing such an outfit in Heaven, we’ll be full of peace within ourselves and full of understanding and compassion for everyone. We’ll have a heavenly alliance with every person there—surprises and all.
We will be covered in a level of maturity in Christ—exhibited by our love for all others—which we will have yearned for and which we will have obtained only with the loving guidance of the Holy Spirit.
All dressed up in robes of maturity befitting Heaven. No one outshining anyone.
And we’ll all worship together, in the same place, all of us, from every tribe and language and people and nation. Hallelujah!
Shall we try on some heavenly attire now? Let us come worship together now, shall we pray? (Matt. 6:9-10, NCV) And may all the glory be to God!