Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives… --2 Peter 3:11
In the 1800s, an American tourist stopped by the home of Polish rabbi Chofetz Chaim. The tourist was surprised to find a simple dwelling place filled only with books, a table, and a bench.
The tourist asked the rabbi, "Where is all your furniture?" To which the rabbi replied, "Where is yours?"
The puzzled American said, "Mine? But I'm only a visitor here. I'm only passing through."
To which the wise Chaim replied, "And I am simply a visitor here on this earth. I'm only passing through."
Scripture talks about heaven in three different ways: the celestial and magnificent universe (Psalm 19:1), the great expanse of space surrounding the earth or its atmosphere (Genesis 1:8), and the sought-after home of God (Hebrews 4:14).
Heaven is a reality for believers. The fact that we will one day live forever in the presence of God Almighty is a fundamental doctrine of our faith. However, the Bible gives several other glimpses into what this heavenly dwelling place will be like.
Heaven is a place prepared for believers where we will spend eternity with God (John 14:1-3). In heaven, there will be no more death, mourning, crying, or pain (Revelation 21:1-7). It will be in heaven that we will be like Christ and will recognize one another (1 John 3:2).
Today, I want to challenge you to live in the light of eternity as if you're just passing through this old earth.
PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to help you live a holy and godly lifestyle every day of your life. Pray that you would live each day with eternity set in your heart and mind.
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