This write up is a follow up to my earlier post in memory of one of my earliest bosses. By way of summary, He was a superb Medical Practitioner who became born again after some promptings from me. Sadly, he died in a motor accident less than one month afterward. We mourned his death deeply, but, we were encouraged in a vision that he attained heaven. You can read the entire post on my website by clicking the link that follows: http://mindofchrist.org.uk/2009/08/.
My boss attained heaven so, what is the big deal about that? Well, the big deal is that he accomplished a big feat. And judging by what the bible says about Heaven, it is a breath-taking place, which every right thinking Christian should seek to inhabit in the long run. And to motivate us towards achieving this, I will now corroborate what the bible says about the place with the declaration of a senior friend of mine, moments before she passed away.
Ruby (not the real name) was 92 years old when I first met her on profession grounds. Though old, she was mentally agile and in total control of her life. At every point in time, she wore the clothes she liked, ate the food she wanted, slept when she desired, met whomever she chose to meet, etc. And no one could mess up with her and get away unchallenged, but, she loved God and humanity dearly.
As I was leaving her residence one Sunday morning, she noticed that I was singing a Christian hymn and she asked if she could join me and I said yes. Next, she asked if I am a Christian and I also said yes. She then told me that she was a devoted Christian herself, but had stopped hobnobbing with other Christians owing to the rigors of old age. Anyway, we spent a short but memorable time together on that occasion, singing, praying and praising the Lord. We met several times thereafter.
One day, I went to her residence as pre-arranged and met some people with gloomy faces at the entrance; the reason being that Ruby was about to die. I quickly ran to her room and discovered that though very weak, she was heartily discussing her imminent transition to heaven with her daughter and son in-law. She also said many things about heaven as revealed to her in the spirit. For instance, she confirmed that it is a very lovely place (Revelation 21:9-21), inhabited by joyful people (Psalm 16:11), who are trouble free (Revelation 7:16-17), just worshipping the Lord (Nehemiah 9:6). Ruby also disclosed that she saw some people she knew on earth, who are now dead, in Heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 (NLT)). Finally, she told us that she saw her heavenly mansion waiting for her habitation (John 14:2-3).
At a point, her daughter interjected and said “Mum, you’ve been a very good wife, mother and Christian all your life, please go and enjoy your well-deserved rest in heaven’’ and Ruby said “thank you darling’’. She was later informed that I was around and she opened her eyes, held my hand firmly and with a lovely smile, she said: “Adedayo, thank you for being a part of my journey on earth. I am going home very soon, and I hope to see you there someday’’. And not very long after that, she closed her eyes, fell asleep, and never woke again.
I believe God gave Ruby a glimpse of heaven (Joel 2:28) to remind us that it is real, stunning and attainable. But we can only get there by becoming born again (John 3:3). If you haven’t, please take this all important step right away before it is too late. Then, guide your salvation jealously (Philippians 2:12) and stand firmly too (1 Corinthians 10:12). Above all, focus your attention relentlessly on Jesus Christ (Hebrews 12:2) and by the grace of God, you will attain heaven in the end, like my boss and my friend, Ruby, in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.
Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies