My mother-in-law took her last breath on Earth on Valentine’s Day. Instantaneously, she was in the presence of the Lover of her soul, completely relieved of all the baggage we carry here on Earth. She is now experiencing what we were all ultimately created for, eternal bliss! Her home-going reminded me that there is an infinitely Holy Spirit within this fallen flesh, and He makes us groan. It’s a holy longing that feels the burden of this world, but calls us to Heaven. We know we were not born to be clothed in fallen flesh forever.
“We know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven.” (2 Corinthians 5:1)
Yes, eternity is in our hearts. We were crafted for it, and deep down, the heart knows it. And when the Spirit of God fills our lives, we can taste it. The yearning becomes conscious, and the desire grows more intense. Our deep needs have been confronted with a promise: Heaven waits for us.
Unless you are in peak form and full of vigor, you have already experience frustration with the earthly tent. If you haven’t yet, you will. It grows old and weary eventually, and then it dies. The great and precious promises of God have not forgotten that, He has made a provision. When hope in the life proves futile, when bodies ache and souls cry out, we can count on the glorious promise of resurrection. There is an eternal house fitted for us.
We often forget to live in this world with an eye on eternity, but tragedy and hopelessness remind us to look ahead. One of the greatest gifts that God has given us in His Son, Jesus Christ, is an incorruptible eternity with Him. In eternity, bodies will not ache, and tears will be wiped away. Trials will be forgotten, and joy will be made full. When that time comes for us, the groaning will stop.
Does the thought of the heavenly kingdom influence our life today? It should. Our lives should be anchored in a future hope. That doesn’t mean we avoid living the kingdom life right now; it only means that the kingdom life will be assaulted by trials and tribulations for a time. Unless we have our heart set on heaven, the trials and tribulations will become unbearable. That’s why the Spirit has guaranteed what is to come. Eternity Changes Everything! So, what do you say, let’s live with such hope today, and experience God’s best now, right now.
Have a hope-filled weekend. Make it better by worshiping The Lord with those who are living the abundant life now because they know with certainty the best is yet to come.
All For Jesus – Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else.
“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, The King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see, to Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15b-16)