Apr 23, 2014 |
Inside Out 30: Heaven is for Real
I know you believe it. I believe it. But do we live in light of that belief?
Colton Burpo does.
"You see", he says in a very matter of fact way… "I've been there." Are you squirming about now? "Oh no... not another trip to heaven story!" But what if it’s true?
If you’re like me, you don’t want to miss the miraculous because of well intentioned but misplaced cynicism. Test the story by comparing it with the Bible. Be cautious. But after doing that and being satisfied with the answers….what if?
I’m squirming again.
Colton is the son of a small town pastor who slipped from consciousness and entered heaven during a life or death surgery. He survived and out of the blue over weeks, months, and years started sharing amazing details about his experience. Totally unsolicited, mind you. Things he had no way of knowing as a toddler.
*About seeing the doctor operating on him from above.
*Seeing his Dad praying in a room while his Mom was on her cell phone calling for additional prayer support in another room down the hall.
*Meeting his miscarried sister, whom no one told him about… and his great grandfather who died 30 years before he was born. He shares impossible to know details about each.
*Meeting a Jesus with warm eyes and “markers” who REALLY loves children.
*Rainbows filled with colors he can’t describe.
*God is three in one.
What? A toddler getting the Trinity right? I have trouble wrapping my mind around that one as an adult!
The angels have swords to keep Satan out of heaven. That’s because he’s not in Hell yet. I saw him...
On and on it goes. His parents had a hard time dealing with this. His Dad, Todd Burpo, set aside quite a bit of time to answer some of my questions. Could it be God allowed a small child to see a glimpse of what is to come for all true Christ followers... the hope of heaven?
Matthew 18:2-3 (ESV)
"And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them
and said, 'Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.' "
Heaven is for Real.
I believe. Not because of stories like this. I believe because Jesus tells me it’s real. But what if I discount this story without listening to the details? Could I be missing a blessing? What if...
Listen for yourself.