During our family devotional time, my five year old, with bright eyes remarked, “Heaven is like an egg.” I was bewildered. How could heaven be anything like an egg?
Perhaps you clicked this article simply because the strangeness of the title. You don’t have to read to the end for an explanation. What he meant is that heaven is perfectly suited for us, like an egg is for an unhatched chick.
After the shock of the initial comparison wore off, the depth of the simile took hold. God made it so that pre-hatched chicks have a perfect home, suited specifically for their needs. Heaven is our perfect home. While we temporarily dwell on earth, this is not our home.
Paul says, “our citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20). Are we living like it? Our bodies are suited for this world, but our spirit should long for something more.
“For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling” (2 Corinthians 5:1, 2).
We should long for that time when “what is mortal may be swallowed up by life” (2 Corinthians 5:4). But that is the key, we must long for it. And that longing must cause us to prepare for it.
Heaven is prepared by God for a prepared people. Only those who live for heaven will live in heaven.
Each day we have an opportunity store up treasures in heaven. Each day we have the challenge of eagerly waiting for Jesus (Hebrews 9:28).
Our citizenship is in heaven, and we “await a Savior” who will “transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself” (Philippians 3:20, 21).
Inhabiting heaven will require a glorified body.
“So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body” (1 Corinthians 15:42-44).
We need that spiritual body, Paul argues, because, “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable” (1 Corinthians 15:50).
While the transformation of our bodies into something suitable for heaven will occur “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Corinthians 15:52), our inward transformation takes a lifetime.
It begins at conversion, when are “buried with him in baptism,” wherein God makes us “alive together with him” and forgives us all our trespasses (Colossians 2:12). It is here that we put off the old self (Ephesians 4:22; Colossians 3:9; Romans 6:6), and begin a journey toward holiness (see Hebrews 12:14; Romans 12:2; Colossians 3:10).
Heaven is like an egg only for those who spend their earthly sojourning preparing their hearts to live there. Then, at the appropriate time, and through the power of God, our transformed bodies will match our transformed spirits, and dwell forever in a place perfectly suited for us.
“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure” (1 John 3:2, 3).