What’s Your Vision of Heaven and Hell?

What’s your vision of Heaven? Hell? Specifically? You may be wondering why that’s important. Because without a detailed vision of what you, as a Christian, will get to enjoy when your spirit passes from your earthly bodysuit to Heaven, you’ll likely make different decisions while alive. The same is true of Hell. As a Christian, if you had a vivid picture of Hell, you’d probably spend more time spreading the Gospel, so others could make an informed decision to accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior?

When we don’t have a clear picture of the rewards or punishment of the future, it’s difficult to make choices to sacrifice in the present. Proverbs 29:18: Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. What relevance is vision with Heaven and Hell?

Your Vision of Heaven

If you accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior, you become a Christian and reserve a spot in Heaven. Acceptance of Jesus Christ is not a head decision but a heart decision. Many people debate, and we’ll never know until we get there, whether you’re truly saved if you don’t have a heart change. That’s a discussion for another day.

Assuming you’re saved, you’ll will be judged by your earthly works on earth for the glory that will be bestowed upon you in Heaven. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad” (Corinthians 5:10). Therefore, “do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19). Please know that good works don’t get you into Heaven, only the grace of God, but once you are a Christian, you’re still judged and rewarded by your works by the glory you’ll receive in Heaven.

Heaven is a glorious place for eternity with God. What’s your vision of Heaven? How do you visualize it? I see 24 hours of praise and worship and basking in the power and glory of God. I feel no pain or fear and only love and complete understanding. What you see can help you make better choices in bringing more of the Kingdom to earth as it is in Heaven.

Your Vision of Hell

Have you really spent much time thinking about hell and what it must be like? I know the spiritual realm exists based on my own communing with the Holy Spirit and demonic activity pressing into my world. I do believe in specific testimonies where Jesus has given a glimpse of Heaven and Hell to certain people. When I heard their accounts of hell, it chilled my bones.

Not surprisingly, someone described seeing Hitler in Hell. What were the demons doing to him? Hitler was tied to a chair and his flesh was continuously burned off his skeleton. When Hitler was only bone, the demons replaced his skin and burned it off again and again. Can you visualize that in your mind?

I don’t know what tortures Satan has for you if you find yourself to Hell, but he won’t have mercy for anyone. His modus operandi is clear: kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10). When I imagine in my mind of what Satan wants to do to every one of God’s children, I want to declare the Good News. Anyone, and I mean anyone, can join God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit in Heaven. You just accept Jesus as your personal savior, who shed his blood to wash you clean. As you stand before God on Judgement Day, Jesus will then step in front of you and say, “There is no case against [your name]. The case is closed. I paid [your name] the price with my blood.”

Your Next Step

Do you want to deepen your relationship with God and Jesus? Do you want to pass from this earth and know where you’re going? If you want to talk about God, Jesus, Heaven, and/or Hell, reach out for a conversation.


About the Author: Sandra Dillon is a professional coach with an extensive background in premarital/marriage, finances, ministry, and leadership. She coaches individuals and couples to find their purpose, be the heroes of their own life stories, and help them be a shining light in this spiritually dark world. You can learn more about Sandra or engage her as you coach by reaching out to her at shinecrossings@gmail.com

Gospel Conversations Made Easier

Where are my Christian brothers and sisters? I pray that you enjoyed celebrating Easter—your gift of Salvation from our brother, Jesus, when he rose from the grave on the third day after his slaughter as the sacrificial lamb for our everlasting life. Our Christianity, a faith that embraces diversity and inclusion, invites everyone to believe. No one is excluded from the gift of grace. Now that is Good News worth talking about. So, brothers and sisters, when was the last time you shared the Gospel with an unbeliever?

I know, having a Gospel conversation can be uncomfortable, especially when you haven’t done it or it’s been awhile. Feeling a bit unpracticed? Feeling unskilled? You are absolutely equipped where you stand, because you are a Christian. Remember that you’re not responsible for bringing people to Christ, because that’s God’s job, but you are responsible for having the conversation and letting the Holy Spirit do His work.

I have a suggestion on how to have easier Gospel conversations. Be inviting and open so people will share their own personal struggles. You don’t have to have walked in their shoes, but you can share how the Gospel has changed your life as a way to connect. 

Start with a response with “Can I share with you something that helped me when I struggled?” Most people will give their permission. If paper and pen are available, use them, because pictures always help. If not, do the best you can to tell the story.  The conversation unfolds around 3 circles connected by 3 arrows.

Make the story your own but include the following points:

  1. God has a design (circle) for your life to bring all good things for you
  2. Sin (arrow) was created and takes us to our
  3. Brokenness (circle) which can manifest in addiction, anger, broken relationships, and despair
  4. When we repent and believe (arrow) in Jesus as our personal savior we live out
  5. The Gospel (circle) which allows us to
  6. Recover and pursue (arrow) all the God has for our lives and allows us to live out God’s Design.

Use your own testimony that follows this simple full circle process. Think through and practice your own testimony that brings the 3-circle methodology to life.

You can wrap the conversation with questions with “Is there anything that would prevent you from repenting and believing in Jesus as your personal savior right now?” Be prepared to lead them in the words to invite Christ into their heart. If they aren’t ready to make the commitment, let them know you are always open for another conversation.

Good luck and don’t be afraid. The Holy Spirit is with you.


About the Author: Sandra Dillon is a professional coach with an extensive background in premarital/marriage, finances, ministry, and leadership. She coaches individuals and couples to find their purpose, be the heroes of their own life stories, and help them be a shining light in this spiritually dark world. You can learn more about Sandra or engage her as you coach by reaching out to her at shinecrossings@gmail.com