Scripture: I Peter 1:17-23 (NIV)
Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
“Born anew, not of perishable but imperishable seed.” When you apply that to the Star Wars universe, it’s almost impossible not to think of Yoda, Obi-Wan, and Anakin standing in their Force Ghost finest on the moon of Endor. All had passed through this life, some ending peacefully, some violently, and now stood in the eternal spirit that was the Force. Whatever they had done in their corporal forms had been wiped away. Their bodies, while recognizable, were very different than what they had been in life. (Though, somehow, they still had enough substance to sit on logs and such.)
We don’t know what our heavenly bodies will be like when we pass over to the other side. We may be young, fit, and energetic. (If that’s the case, absolutely nobody will recognize me up there.) We may be more spirit than body and we may recognize each other in that way, as a brighter version of the flame we carried on this earth. We won’t know until we get there and, honestly, it’s not that important. It’s fun to think about, interesting to speculate on, but it’s not a big deal.
What is a big deal is the transformation we go through when we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior. That–not at death’s door–is when we truly put on the imperishable. That acceptance of Christ changes our spirit, frees us to be what we were always designed to be, and provides us with the assurance that this world is not the end. When we have accepted Christ, we know that this world has no hold on us. The shell is still perishable and will someday be shed, but the spirit is already eternal.
Whether we look like glowy versions of our human selves or something completely different, what will be in Heaven is our eternal spirit. Kindle that flame with everything you do!