“In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.”
“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now…Come further up, come further in!”
– CS Lewis, The Last Battle
We often struggle. Life frustrates us and we really don’t understand why it seems so bitter and confusing. There doesn’t seem to be any way to get an answer. The scriptures open up for us at this point. The answer is ‘heaven’. Heaven is a promise from Jesus to you. In that light of heaven we are to live our life anticipating that place.
The assurance of heaven is, is to lift us, and then connect us to that which is eternal. On earth, life is to a degree, intriguing. There is, in spite of many conflicts and issues, a certain random pleasure in our lives. We seem to know that our existence here is somewhat charmed. But believe it or not, heaven is so much more, its going to be a ‘kick in the pants’.
The reality of ‘heaven’ is what keeps us moving. Heaven is the realm in which our Father dwells. From heaven there is a concerted effort to hold and maintain us as we stumble through life. Heaven is the provision that is given to faithful hearts who are being transformed by grace.
I hold on to this feeble life because I know and understand the glory of heaven. Heaven is the place where glory is at home, and heaven is the magnetic pull that will lead me into eternity. If I am looking for a connection to something way beyond my senses, heaven gives me that wonderful reality. Heaven is where the Lord Jesus is enthroned and is waiting. When we are once again united with Him, it will be in heaven.
The idea of heaven holds us and inspires us as we try to figure out our walk of discipleship. It is that promise that compels us, and brings us into a spiritual compatibility. He is reaching out for us as we are pressing to meet Him. The very hope of heaven turns our head, and lifts up our vision. Jesus is the Lord of heaven and He gives us the privilege to dwell in the place where He is.
Heaven is the place where I really belong. There is nothing that can take its place. Heaven is a place where all of the redeemed will find a homecoming. This is where we belong. Eternity is the force which drives heaven, it is not a ‘static’ place or an existence above time.
Our decision to abide in eternity gives the Father great joy. He is anticipating our arrival with a great deal of joy. Heaven will help us forget all the tribulation of our lives here on earth. It will seem like a bad dream as we step into eternal reality. Brethren, we are standing on the threshold of eternal life. Let us press into it, where joy and peace will ambush us in a special kind of wonderful grace.
P.S. I had fun with today’s artwork. The rabbits seem thrilled, and their joy is palatable. :)