How often do you look forward to heaven? How often does heaven fill your thoughts?
Heaven often seems like a reality that is lightyears away but when we have the mind and lens of Christ we realize that heaven is much closer than we realize. Fixing our eyes and hearts on the reality of heaven is so important. Heaven is not just a place of rest, though it is. Heaven is a place where we will experience God’s presence like none other.
When we let heaven fill our thoughts and hearts we live on purpose and with purpose… we live for things of ETERNAL SIGNIFICANCE. It puts things in our lives into perspective.
Are you living with a heaven-focus? How do you know?
AS FOLLOWERS OF JESUS, WE HAVE A LOT TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN HEAVEN…
This leads us to live on mission here on earth.
This is not because of us, but because of Jesus. He lived, died, was buried, & rose in our place. Because of Him we have the hope of heaven… Reminds me of 1 Peter 1:3-4…
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,
I love this chapter of Revelation. It gives us a glimpse into the imperishable, undefiled, unfading inheritance that we have in Jesus… We have a holy, joyful, beautiful, glorious, fulfilling, and satisfying city waiting for us…
But we must ask ourselves the question as we look toward heaven, “Why is it satisfying?” There is a quote by John Piper that always stands out to me about heaven…
“If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if God were not there? ”
This is such a vital question because, as Revelation 21 shows us, what makes heaven satisfying… what makes heaven worth it… is that we are in the presence of God like we never have been before (v. 3, 10-11, 22-23).
Take 5 minutes today and fix your heart on heaven. Ask God to help you live with a heaven-focus here on earth… to live with intentionality today.
What else sticks out to you in Revelation 21?
By: Nick Parsons
Thanks Nick! I love this chapter in Revelation. It's one of my favorites in the entire Bible. I've been clinging to the hope of heaven more than ever in recent times. Truly, all the worldly things don't matter; only that which is eternal does. I ask myself, "will x,y,z matter a year from now"? The answer to that question helps me to focus on what tuly lasts.
And regards to the John Piper quote, I couldn't enjoy heaven if Jesus wasn't there. He's the whole point of it! Sure, there are people who I long to see again, but Jesus first! I say that I want to see Jesus first, then my dad, then Tim... in that order. I can't wait to live with the physical presence of Jesus all around me. That is truly the best life.