approaching, we reflect on God’s ultimate gift of Himself to us.
Though His birth occurred over 2000 years ago, Christ continues to live
in and through those who have a relationship with Him.
God’s gift to us was not only a person (Jesus) but a place (heaven).
The joys we experience on earth are but a glimpse of the elation we will
experience in God’s presence. However,
what we do in this life has eternal significance.
sometimes remark to us, “It must be very rewarding to be helping people in
Yes, we do enjoy our work, but first and foremost we look forward to the
full extent of joy in heaven. When
faced with difficulties and insecurity, we are tempted to wonder, “Is this all
worth it?” Keeping our sights set
on heaven helps us to persevere.
about how momentary troubles achieve eternal glory, Paul says “So we fix our
eyes not on what is seen (present sufferings), but on what is unseen (future
rewards). For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2
Corinthians 4:18). Paul ran his
earthly race with his eyes on heaven’s prize.
We are aliens and strangers on earth (Hebrews
“Set your sights on the realities of heaven… Let heaven fill your
thoughts” (Colossians 3:1-2).
One quote of Jim Elliot has motivated me in serving Christ: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” What we have on earth is not our own, but the treasures we store in heaven will be ours to enjoy for eternity. Only when we gain an eternal perspective will we eagerly devote our brief lives to the pursuit of eternal treasure. Eternity will hold for us what we have invested there during our lives on earth. Unlike earthly treasures, we can enjoy heavenly treasures without ever exhausting them (Luke ).
to return to
Contemplating heaven with you,