an excellent day to think about heaven.
“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:2 KJV
The goal is a lofty one, indeed. The prize is one of indescribable peace, joy, love, and beauty. We are talking about the place that awaits us all when we have finished serving God on earth. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Revelation 21:4 KJV).
The place called heaven, our home for all of eternity, if we have accepted Christ as our savior. How often do we think about it?
Most of us probably don’t think about it often enough, seriously enough, or honestly enough. This is something that we all need to change. If we are spending more time wondering how we are going to get enough money for a new car than we spend thinking about heaven, we need to change. If we spend more time thinking about who is going to be on our fantasy football team than we do about being on God’s team in heaven, we need to change. If we spend more time thinking about what we are going to wear to go out to dinner than we do thinking about the road that will lead us to eternal life with God, we need to change.
We need to change the things we do, and the way we live our lives. “So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshipping the things of this world.” (Colossians 3:5 NLT).
Replace those things with kindness, love, patience, mercy, gentleness, humility. If we are to spend an eternity without all of those other things, why “on earth” would we want them to be a part of our lives now, during our short time here?
We cannot seek an eternal life in the light of the Lord while living in darkness and while pursuing things that are shallow, sinful, and meaningless. If we like the darkness, we will not love Heaven for “There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.” (Revelations 22:5 NIV).
Many of us take great care when planning a trip. We give it a lot of thought. Perhaps it’s time we all gave a little more thought to Heaven, and today is an excellent day to start.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson