Earlier this week I learned that the mother of a high school friend had departed this life and had entered eternity. This news caused me to reflect on the close family members that I have “lost” – (my brother, my parents, my father-in-law, my brother-in-law) all having left this world and crossed the threshold into eternity. The result of all of this is that I found my thoughts drifting in the general direction of Heaven. As a born again, spirit-indwelt follower of Jesus, Heaven is my home. I’m a citizen of heaven, currently living on earth. That said, I am not merely biding my time waiting for the ‘glory train’ which will transport me (and all true believers) home. In actuality, I am currently involved in a diplomatic mission – serving as an ‘Ambassador of Heaven’ here upon the earth; serving my King and representing His Kingdom; declaring to all men (without distinction or discrimination) His invitation to come to Him [by faith and in repentance] and be saved.
This is my hope; the Bible calls it a blessed hope! And He desires that my hope, would be their hope. A hope that I greatly anticipate because of the words of Jesus that follow ~
“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:2-3)
Contrary to the opinion of many – including some who are very close to me – Heaven is not the invention of an over active imagination. It is as sure and certain as the promise of Jesus recorded above: “I am going to prepare a place for you… that where I am, you might also be.” Interestingly, the Bible does not tell us a great deal about the specifics of heaven and what it will be like. I have often wondered about this and I’ve concluded it’s because our finite minds are unable to comprehend heaven’s riches and wonders and glory. I have also discovered this: The principal concern of the scriptures is not to acquaint us with the treasures and the wonders of heaven, as much as it is to acquaint us with the One who makes our entrance into heaven possible. Because of what Jesus accomplished upon the cross for an unworthy sinner like me, I’m headed to heaven… and I am certainly looking forward to it! But let me make something clear: I am not looking forward to heaven to see ‘streets paved with gold’; I’m looking forward to heaven to see Jesus – the Lamb of God, my Saviour – face to face!
I’m sure you have heard the expression: “They’re so heavenly minded, that they’re no earthly good!” I have discovered that there is a much greater concern for most Christians – that of being so consumed with the pleasures and enjoyments of this life, that they lose sight of the glories that await them in heaven – not the least of which is beholding the face of our Saviour.
Our hope in Christ for the future should be the real source of joy and strength for our daily lives. It should also serve as our motive for pure and holy living – “…to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:12-13, free translation)
Something to think about, indeed!