I must confess that my own thoughts or lack thereof are often a puzzle to me. For instance, take the subject of heaven. Aren't Christians, especially pastors, supposed to spend a lot of time thinking about heaven? Some folks believe so. I'm not sure that I live up to that standard, however. How is it with you? Many of us are either consumed with or maybe consumed by living in the present. We want to be happier, healthier, have smarter kids, get the promotion, and increase our material possessions all the while having fun. Even when we think about church matters, we want sermons to enthrall our minds, music that excites and discipling that makes you feel better about ourselves. But without a vision for and thoughts of heaven, doesn't church descend to the level of entertainment and or a therapeutic center?
I love the hymns about heaven. All of us do. But perhaps it is time for us to do more than just sing the songs of heaven. Maybe it's time for us to renew our vision of heaven and to contemplate its glories.
"This world is not my home" is the songwriter's statement of eternal truth. We are pilgrims here. ..no more. Heaven is our home. And Jesus' return to take us to heaven or our homegoing may be nearer than we think. We have seen this in our community in recent days. Homegoing isn't just for the aged and infirmed.
Yep, it's time to think afresh and anew about HEAVEN!
In the next several weeks our Sunday morning messages will be on the subject of heaven. We will look at John 14, Revelation 7, Revelation 22, and Philippians 1.
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.“ Revelation 21:1
Looking for the Blessed Hope!