You know that saying-- some people are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good? After listening to our pastor's sermon on Sunday, I'm wondering if we may have adopted that as an excuse to keep from deliberately thinking of heaven.
Pastor Steve asked what we are anticipating. Is it tomorrow's tasks? What we will do or see in the next week? Getting married? Having grandkids? Some of these are necessary things and others bring us joy or relaxation. None of them wrong or evil, but I think the point is, do we ever even think about the eternal perspective? The Bible says we have a new heaven and a new earth to look forward to where there is no sorrow, crying or pain. The Holy Spirit- inspired- authors -of -Scripture make many references to this expected future of looking ahead to the return of the Lord, the resurrection of the Godly, working while it is still day, and running the race to win the prize. Many of Jesus' parables illustrated what will happen when we move from this life to the next. We say we want to hear his words of "well done, good and faithful servant!" when we come to the end of our life here on earth. But are we living with daily awareness and hourly consciousness that our choices now matter then?
I know I pray that I will be led by the Spirit though out my day and be open to divine appointments, but would there be a different level of expectancy if I would pray and realize what I do counts for eternity? How can I be obedient to the verses in Col 3:1-3 where I'm instructed to set my mind on things above and not on the things of this earth?
Lord, help me. I am so entrenched in what I plan to do and the future I expect on this earth. Teach me to store treasures in Heaven--I want my heart to be there! The imminent return of the Lord Jesus defined the way early church leaders thought and acted. There is work to be done in the harvest. The time is short!
My silver-toned Honda blended into the grayscaleness of a thick fog on my commute to work today. In the eerie density no school buses stalled my progress. No object in the mirrors appeared ...period. Thinking on things above had me speculating with the Father on what a brilliant grand entrance the Son would make, returning on an a.m. like this!
Lift up my eyes. Above the complacency that comfort brings.
Teach me how to think and feel like you do, Jesus.
I am yours; here to serve and not to be served.
May I be trustworthy of the assignments you've prepared for me today.
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