Lately, there have been plenty of outward circumstances and events to cause me to loosen my grip on the world and fasten my eyes on the future. Truth be told, I’ve been very busy with work, home, and church but also very depressed — even despondent. At one point, as I fought through, and I know it was the enemy, I felt condemned. “Your acting like an escapist!” I told myself. Or, “You can’t live in the future and pretend like all of this doesn’t exist.” But, like I said, I know that was not the voice of Truth speaking.
The fact is, every Christian should be absolutely preoccupied with heaven! The whole reason Jesus came to save us from our sins was so that we could be with Him in heaven. Heaven is our real home.
Colossians 3:1-4 says, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set you minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”
I don’t know about you, but that is a blessed hope for this weary soul who so longs and aches for the return of her Saviour.
1 John 2:17 says, “And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”
Imagine the taste of glory that Martin Luther had to have to be able to say, ” I would not give one moment of heaven for all the joy and riches of the world, even if it lasted for thousands and thousands of years.”
This life is like a breathe, a mist, a vapor, a passing breeze that does not return, a fleeting shadow. All the joys and all the sorrows are all so transitory! As Matthew Henry says, “So short, unreal, and fading is human life, and all the prosperity or enjoyment that attends it…” Oh, our time in this world is so short!
Let us therefore take great heart and not grow weary! This is good news! This is our hope! This is what will keep us! The Son of Man, the Son of God, our Jesus, is seated at the right hand of God and one day, He is coming back to get us and we will be with Him forever and ever!
Let us fix our eyes on this! Let us bathe all our thoughts in this glorious truth!
“Heaven is not here, it’s There. If we were given all we wanted here, our hearts would settle for this world rather than the next. God is forever luring us up and away from this one, wooing us to Himself and His still invisible Kingdom, where we will certainly find what we so keenly long for.”
– Elisabeth Elliot, Keep a Quiet Heart
***The beautiful photo in this post was taken, with blessing, from my friend Becky’s new photo blog. I couldn’t have asked for a more appropriate picture! Please take a moment to see her work! Becky has never produced anything that has not pointed me, in some way or another, to Jesus! For that alone, I love her! ***