Over the years in ministry, I've met so many wonderful people. When you're around them you walk away feeling better. I've also been around many in the church, that leave you feeling condemned, angry, frustrated, and hurt. Yet you know deep down they're Christians, that New Creation of Christ is in them somewhere.
Before I had the Doctrine of Heaven, I was always angry and frustrated at these people. I could never say it, because I'm a Minister (I have to be nice). So when people would say and do things that cut at me, the grudge I had underneath would grow a little deeper. Over time I would avoid them, give them a cold shoulder. At worst I might gossip and slander under the guise of "warning people about them." Suddenly it dawned on me one day, that I would be spending eternity with these same people, it gave me indigestion. How could I be around people who were often so negative?
About 8 years ago I discovered the Doctrine of Heaven. It's given me incredible freedom! My mistake was that I was thinking of people in Heaven with all their flaws, and besetting sins, and pride. But in the New Heavens and New Earth, that's all gone. None of us will be held back by the brokenness of this world. The worst part of ourselves will be wiped away by God's grace, the best of us will be eternal.
Tim Keller, a former Professor and who I consider my mentor, wrote a book on marriage and communicated much of same thing. It is to look at another person and get a glimpse of the person God is creating, and to say, "I see who God is making you, and that excites me! I want to be part of that. I want to partner with you and God in the journey you're taking to his throne. When we get there, I will look at your magnificence and say, 'I always knew you could be like this. I got a glimpse of it on earth, but now look at you!'
We so often want to see finished statues of people when what we should be looking for is a wonderful block of marble. Not so we can create the kind of person we want, but rather because we see what kind of person Jesus is making. We see Heaven in people now in what one what day is to come.
Glorify God and Enjoy Him Forever,