September 15, 2016 at 1:52 pm #29913
15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:15-18 ESV
I just got home from a trip that I affectionately call my grandbaby tour. Although I love my children and grandchildren and enjoy visiting them and spending time with them, it is always good to get home. How many of us after a long trip, whether it is for work or vacation feel or say, it is good to be home? Whether it is a vacation in the Bahamas, Europe or the most beautiful places in the world, or a work trip to Detroit, L.A., Chicago, Dallas or Cincinnati. Why do you think that most of us feel that way?
Is it the familiar surroundings, comfortable bed, close to friends and family, etc., etc. These are all good reasons, but I wonder if maybe we are perhaps seeking something? Maybe a level of comfortableness that helps to feel safe and secure. Safe and secure from what? The unknown, the uncontrollable, the unseen, secure from the outside world of the unknown. Maybe seeking financial security, known and familiar relationships, I do not know. But, as I pondered these things I was drawn to Jesus words:
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” ~ Matthew 6:33 ESV
“But seek first the kingdom of God” I see this as His personal invitation to us to set our hearts and desires on our home. No not the place we call home here in this world, but the home He has gone to prepare for us:
“In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” ~ John 14:2 ESV
Understand that in God’s plan it is all about the King and His kingdom. God wrote the script, He built the sets, directs the actors, and knows the final act! An everlasting kingdom! We can see that this is God’s plan:
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. ~ Ephesians 1:7-10 ESV
At the right time He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ — everything in heaven and on earth.
So what should we do? We reach for it! As with my trip to visit the grandkids, the trip was very nice, but the destination of getting to see the grandkids was the goal and the purpose for the trip. The same is with our earthly journey to our kingdom home. The journey is nice, we get to hang out with fellow believers and we get to do God’s work here and now. We are blessed to raise families, enjoy God’s creation, along with many, many others blessings on this journey, along with some hardships and sorrows, however the journey is not the destination.
Those of us who are content with nothing more than joy in the journey are settling for too little satisfaction. Our hearts tell us there is more to this life than this life. Who remembers the movie E.T.? Remember when he raised his bent finger to the sky and so feebly said, phone home… He was on a journey but knew that he wanted to reach the final destination, HOME. Well we may not know where to point, but we know not to call this world our home.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:11 ESV
God has planted eternity in our hearts. — In the Creator’s narrative, life on earth is but the beginning: the first letter of the first sentence in the first chapter of the great story God is writing with your life. – God’s Story, Your Story.
Now it is your turn to set your sights on your Home. Your eternal Home. Today, let us remember that this world is not where we belong and not where we will be forever. Heaven awaits us! If that be on a recreated earth, in glorious heaven, who knows, but we do know that we were not created to die and we are not created to live in this imperfect world for eternity, but to be with Christ Jesus in paradise forever!
Father in Heaven, we are so blessed to have a life that You have so graciously give to us. We ask Father that You instill in us the desire to set our sight on the home that You have go to prepare for us. We know Lord that as long as we are alive here and now that we have the blessing of serving You and Your people. You have blessed us with so much and have no idea where our home will be or what it will be like, but we know that nothing here could ever compare to what You have in store for us in our eternity home. Abba, Father that you for loving us, taking care of us, protecting us and for creating us to be forever with You in Paradise! In the name of our Lord and Savior, Your Son the King of all things, Jesus Christ… Amen! <><June 7, 2017 at 5:17 pm #30362
Very eloquent and elegant, brother professor Lawson. This is why the Bible tells us in Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also“. God wants our hearts to be fixed on Him, not on the temporal things of this world. For that to be true, our focus must be on the eternal which is in Heaven. Now, by no way does that mean we are so heavenly-minded, that we are no earthly good! The Lord’s Prayer mentions “on earth as it is in Heaven”. Meaning that God wants us to reflect Kingdom here on earth because as people see Him through heavenly works, they will be attracted and want a little slice of Heaven. Once people have an attraction to something, they usually purpose in their hearts to pursue it. In the verse of the hit gospel song “Chasing After You”, the songwriter says:
“I’m chasing after you
No matter what I have to do
Cause I need you more and more”
That is the posture God wants us: pursuing His righteousness, His thoughts, His ways, His Will. The best way for us to accomplish that is to “Phone Home”, our real home in the heavenlies where our Hope comes from.
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