Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Heaven on my mind!

Colossians 3:1-3

     Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God’s right hand in the place of honor and power. Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth. For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.

     A few months ago during a women’s Bible study, a discussion about heaven began. It was during that conversation that a few women revealed the fact that the thought of heaven did not cross their minds very often. Not that they didn’t understand and comprehend the realities of heaven and were looking forward to going there when their life on earth would come to an end, but just speaking straight from their heart, they revealed what the majority of Christians don’t even realize about themselves.

     Is it wrong to not think about heaven or eternity on a regular basis? Well, according to this scripture, we should be allowing heaven to fill our thoughts on a regular basis, simply for the fact that it would keep us focused on our purpose and mission. When we allow life on earth to occupy our heart and mind, we begin to set up our own little kingdom here rather than in eternity, and we need to remember that we are only passing through this place. Our final destination is with the Lord, earth is simply an extended layover.

     Let’s say you’re taking a long trip to a beautiful destination; a place you’ve dreamed of visiting your entire life. But, in order to get to that beautiful destination, you have to make a scheduled layover stop in another city to catch a connecting flight. As your waiting in the airport to make your connection to your final destination, you may catch a quick bite to eat, take a restroom break or buy some reading material, to fill your time while you wait. But, you would never consider, purchasing a house, looking for a job or putting down roots in that particular city. Why? Because it’s not your final destination; it’s just a layover stop on the way to your intended goal. You would accomplish what needs to be accomplished while you’re there, but stopping and settling is not an option. Your focus lies on what’s ahead of you.

     Do you see the point I’m trying to make? Life on earth is just a layover stop on our way to our final destination. Instead of accomplishing what needs to be accomplished while we’re here, we stop and settle. We gather belongings and possessions to set up our own kingdom, and it’s holding us back and weighing us down from reaching our intended goal. Our treasure is in our belongings rather than in eternity. Matthew 6:21 reads, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Whatever you place great value on, that’s where your heart will be too. If you value your house, job, family and material possessions, then your heart will be attached to those things forcing you to do whatever it takes to keep those things close at hand. If you value Christ and your relationship with him, then your heart will already be with him in eternity and you will do whatever it takes to get there, as soon as you can.

     I’m not saying we should neglect our family and responsibilities, I’m just saying it’s a matter of our heart. Are we in love with ourselves and our desires or does Christ reign as number one in our lives? That’s an interesting question to ask ourselves today.

     Take some time to think about Matthew 6:21 today. Where is your treasure? Once you answer that question, you’ll be able to find your heart. Take some time to contemplate heaven and eternity. Ask God to give you a clear view and understanding of both.

Have a great day!

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