Good Morning Folks! Happy Friday!
Today, as my family prepares to send one of our family members on home to glory, I thought this Devotion was perfect. Something to think about and ponder on. In case any of you didn't know, or have forgotten, I love you :) If you ever need me, I'm here and willing to do anything I can to help.
Now, for today's lesson
Today's Lesson: Look Towards Heaven
Scripture Reference: 1 John 3:2-3
“Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.” (1 John 3:3)
Let’s talk about heaven. If you’re like me, it’s hard to get your head around it and harder still to let it grip your heart. While most of us believe that heaven exists, we go on with life as though this is the only world that matters.
Nearly every spiritual dysfunction in our lives can be traced back to the fact that heaven does not really have a hold on us. C. S. Lewis had it right when he said: “Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.”
So, how do we “aim at heaven”? First, we recognize that this physical body is not all there is—“what we will be has not yet appeared” (1 John 3:2). In fact, earth is simply a dress rehearsal for the great world to come. All the pain and toil here is temporary. Poverty isn’t permanent. Illness is transient. For followers of Jesus, death is but a door to all that is far better. As we read in Revelation, there shall be no sorrow, no more crying, no more death, and he shall wipe away every tear (Revelation 21:4).
Aiming at heaven also involves keeping Jesus in our sights. Looking forward to the day when “we shall see Him as He is” fills us with hope—not a worldly, wish-list kind of hope, but a hope that reflects the certainty of what is to come. It’s the kind of hope that keeps us from distractions and rivets our attention on what really matters in the long run; the kind of hope that purifies us.
Maybe you’ve never thought of it like this before, but one of the strongest motivations for purity is connected to the return of Jesus. Because, let’s face it, there are some places we just wouldn’t want to be when He comes back. We might hope He doesn’t examine the places the Internet has taken us, or that He doesn’t see our attitudes toward others. If we really believed that today might be our last, we might finally be ready to forgive, to ask for forgiveness, or maybe even to share the love of Jesus with someone.
So, how about it? Let’s stop aiming at earth and turn our hearts toward heaven!
Pray for someone today...Today, I am praying for each of you.
That's all for now. Have a blessed morning/afternoon/evening.
Your Sister in Christ,