“Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven…” (Matt. 5:12, NKJV)
God means for heaven to be extraordinarily real to us. How else could we rejoice and be exceedingly glad about it? If heaven remains a vague, far away, pie in the sky concept, there is no way that its reality is going to produce solid, tangible joy in our lives.
This is the opposite of what He intends for us. The more we become familiar with the Bible, the more we will realize that His plan for us is to be centered on heaven. He wants the place He is preparing for us to feel so close that we can almost taste it.
Consider the perspective these Scriptures give us:
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.” (2 Cor. 4:17-18, NIV)
- –> He wants us focused on, gazing at, and taken with what is unseen and eternal!
“…If our earthly house, the tent we live in, is dismantled, we have a building from God… that is eternal in the heavens. Thus we are full of courage and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” (2 Cor. 5:1,8; NET)
- –> Meditating on our glorious, eternal home in heaven fills us with courage. He desires for us to greatly prefer life there, to this temporary, inferior tent!
“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Col. 3:2, NKJV)
- –> True discipleship means training our attention on the reality of what is unseen by physical eyes, that which will last forever!
I want to challenge you today, if you haven’t already done so, to begin the journey of becoming fixated on heaven. Only Holy Spirit can open the eyes of your heart to see the invisible. He earnestly longs to liberate you from the tyranny of whatever is pressing on your five physical senses right now. He yearns to bring you into the magnificent freedom of living for what only faith can perceive.
Only He can empower you to live this way. Don’t let another minute go by – ask Him for the power of spiritual sight and you shall generously receive!
“I keep asking… that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you…” (Eph. 1:17-18, NIV)