Do you ever see pictures or experience breathtaking scenery that make you wish you could live there? Then, for weeks and possibly months or longer you find yourself daydreaming about your life there? As time continues, you start making plans to revisit that place with hopes of making your permanent residence there?
Do you ever envision HEAVEN as being that permanent residence for you? If not, then why not? Someone challenged me a few months ago when they said, “we want to go to Heaven but not enough to change how we live here on Earth.” Do we have too many things to do, places to see, people to visit that we really would prefer to put Heaven on Hold?
Sometimes I wonder if we aren’t passionate about being in Heaven, because we don’t know enough about it and what life will be like in Heaven. God has given us plenty of descriptions of Heaven that blow our minds, but honestly, I don’t believe that is the best part. The vision of Heaven that should be our primary motivating factor in desiring to dwell there is the fact that …
God is there
Jesus is there
They are preparing our HOME there.
If that doesn’t get us thinking, then think harder. Immerse yourself in His Word and find out for yourself the reality, magnificence, the dwelling place of Heaven.
Do we, as a people of God, have the courage and vision to approach the gates of Heaven to get a glimpse of it which will one day be reality for the faithful?
Philippians 1:21 to live is Christ, to die is gain.
Psalms 53:2 God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.
Revelation 21:1-2 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
I Kings 8:39 then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Forgive and act;
Psalms 84:1 How lovely is your dwelling place, LORD Almighty!