Posts Tagged ‘Heaven’



We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing.” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭2‬ NLT)

This past week, I sat on a church platform as a precious man was being eulogized and ushered into Glory. The world lost a valiant spiritual warrior. And yet in that service and the subsequent wintery cold graveside ceremony, no one was angry or bitter. We knew Rick was home, the place he longed to be. Not a single soul would have taken that from him!

As we grow older, our bodies get worn and can’t function like it used to. Our mind isn’t quite as sharp as it used to be. A good appearance is still possible, we just have to get up earlier to accomplish it! But both the physical and mental tolls we pay begin to add up. That’s why it’s natural for a Christian to begin thinking more about the home to come and less about the one we presently occupy. Weariness longs for change. 

Coming to Church each week solidifies the thought in our heart that there is still a life to come! While we live, we are to do the works of a Disciple: Knowing God and making Him known. And God blesses us with beautiful experiences along the journey! Yet our hearts should always burn bright with the expectation of a better life yet to be! Come to church today and be reminded of your future home! You are loved!

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And you yourselves be like men who wait for their master…” (Luke‬ ‭12‬:‭36‬ NKJV)

Growing up in an Army town, you never knew exactly when deployed soldiers were coming home. Women in our church were vigilant to keep the house cleaned, there hair fixed, and the diaper bag packed, because at any moment, the phone might ring and be told that the plane was coming in! For military families, you can’t get ready; you have to live ready.

We have a promise from our Savior: One day He is returning for us. It might be the whole church body or you alone through a life circumstance. Regardless, when it’s our time to leave this world and face eternity, there won’t be a chance to “get ready”. Spiritual vigilance, much like the military, means that we must live ready, anticipating our Lord’s call to come home!

Always remember that we are not earthly beings having spiritual experiences in this life; we are spiritual people having an earthly experience until our home is built! Live ready to serve in this life, and ready to go for the one to come. It could be today! You are loved!

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Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.” (Hebrews‬ ‭11‬:‭10‬ NLT)

In the Old Testament, Abraham did an unheard of thing that became an incredible testimony by leaving home to follow God in a blind fashion: “Abraham obeyed God…He went without knowing where he was going” (Hebrews‬ ‭11‬:‭8‬). We don’t know what his mental process was to step out like that, but we simply know that he did. And by his obedience, life as we know it changed forever.

The hardest part of living the Christ Life is living by faith. Believing for things that AREN’T there, trusting that it WILL get accomplished, and even praying to a God that you’ve NEVER seen is really quite difficult! But without faith, we miss God’s approval. It’s not that God is cruel and hopes we stumble, but knows that if we learn to trust Him completely, life works out in a more desirable fashion!

While Abraham journeyed this life in faith, his greatest faith was for something beyond this life; he believed for his heavenly home. The faith to overcome this life is simply preparation to embrace the life that is to come! Live faithfully! But always aim for the prize of the greatest faith, to see God face to face! You are loved today and forever!

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On the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.” (Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭16‬ NLT)

King Philip III of France died of fever in 1285 while returning home from a failed invasion into the Pyrenees at the ripe old age of 45. His fifteen-year reign was arguably bland and not much is documented at all regarding his spiritual life. But as he lay dying on his homeward bound ship, the last words from one of Europe’s mightiest kings are reported to be, “What an account I shall have to give to God! How I should like to live otherwise than I have lived.” Sad words from a mighty man.

The truth of our life is that we only have one chance at it. We can whine and moan about how unfair or tough things have been for us, or we can rise above it and find meaning, value, and worth in the toils we face. By living God’s way, we are poised to live a very meaningful, fulfilling life with fewer regrets because we did not squander it with selfishness or bitterness. By touching the lives of others, we ourselves are enriched!

In contrast to Philip, as the great patriot Patrick Henry lay dying, the man who once said, “Give me liberty or give me death!”, his last words were quite different. Having given everything for God and Country, he is reported to have said, “Doctor, I wish you to observe how real and beneficial the religion of Christ is to a man who is about to die…” Live now so that dying then will bring no fear for you! Build your house in Heaven by your vigilance here on Earth! You are loved!

Simon Peter asked, ‘Lord, where are you going?’ And Jesus replied, ‘You can’t go with me now, but you will follow me later.'” (John 13:36 NLT)

During Jesus’ final days, He began preparing His disciples for His leaving. I imagine it was quite a shock to His followers, who reacted with a combination of panic and denial. So, Jesus gives them this word of comfort: You may not go with me now, but one day you will, and at that moment you’ll know how to get there.

For anyone that’s been to the funeral of a loved one, this may be our only word of hope too. It’s hard to say “goodbye”. So if we walk in the footsteps of Christ, it’s no longer “goodbye” but “see you later”! Death is not an end, only a door to another journey that we will all must make!

As you live today, do not live in denial of your future in eternity. If we Christians are wrong, nobody suffers, but if we’re right, those unprepared will. It’s not about be good, but being holy. Know today that your future is prepared and reserved! Live ready for both worlds! You are loved today!
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We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.” (Romans 8:23 NLT)

Forty-four years ago yesterday, on April 7, 1970, John Wayne won his only Academy Award for his role as Rooster Cogburn in the movie, True Grit. Tears rolled out of the eyes in an uncharacteristic fashion for such a manly man as he accepted the award. For an actor that drew people to the box office, he was often criticized as a B-grade actor, one whose skills didn’t match his success. By getting this award so late in life, after many disappointing chances, he could finally feel legitimized by his peers.

We all have longings in this life, things we wish to see or experience. But our greatest longing shouldn’t be fame, fortune, or family, but for the real life that follows this one. There is a very real Heaven and Hell that will be found by everyone, the destination to be decided by the lordship we did or did not give to Jesus. Regardless of the whims of our beliefs, Eternity is for real!

So live with the expectation of hearing God say “Welcome Home!” Let your greatest longing not be for what we gain here, but for what we stand to gain soon! Look forward to Heaven’s reward! You are loved by God for Eternity!

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For we have heard of your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven.” (Colossians 1:4, 5 NLT)

The great Christian statesman, C. S. Lewis, was a man with his feet planted firmly on two worlds, the one that is and the one to come. As he lived this life, he was constantly endeavoring through hard work to give people a truer grasp of who God really was and how to live this life right. His hands were tightly gripping the plow, but his focus was always on eternity.

In his book, Mere Christianity, written appropriately within the chapter entitled “Hope”, he gives us purpose for living as he did in two worlds:

Hope is one of the Theological virtues. This means that a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. It does not mean that we are to leave the present world as it is. If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.”

Live, today and always, with feet planted in two worlds. Work this life successfully because your eyes are fixed on the one to come. That’s your source of Hope! You are loved today!

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