Weekend, August 22, 2020
Set Your Sights on Heaven
“Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth” (Colossians 3:2 nlt).
Awhile ago someone asked me in an interview, “Why do you talk about Heaven all the time?” He said that he noticed in my sermons or when I’m on the radio or TV that I’m always talking about Heaven.
I thought, “Really? Well, good.”
That’s a good thing to always talk about. I wasn’t aware I was doing it, but I’m not ashamed or embarrassed by it. Really, what’s more important than where we will spend our eternal destiny?
I’ve always studied Heaven. I’ve always been fascinated by it. I wouldn’t say that I’m an expert on it, but I would say that I’m a student of it. And I became greater student of it in 2008 when my son went to Heaven.
Colossians 3:1–2 tells us, “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth” (nlt).
We are to set our hearts and minds on things above. This is effectively saying, “Constantly be seeking and thinking about Heaven.”
Our feet must be on earth, but our minds and hearts can be in Heaven. Many of us have gone an entire day without a single thought about Heaven. That isn’t a good thing. We should always be thinking about it.
Warren Wiersbe, a great Bible commentator, said, “For the Christian, heaven isn’t simply a destination; it’s a motivation.”
If you believe there’s an afterlife and a reward waiting for you for your faithfulness, won’t that motivate you to serve the Lord? I hope so.
When you’re thinking about Heaven and seeking Heaven, you’ll be a heavenly minded person in the best sense of the term. When you’re focused on Heaven, you’ll live the most fulfilling life on earth.
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