I like to think about Heaven.
And talk about Heaven.
But it wasn’t always that way for me.
There was, and still is, debate and discussion over the particulars of Jesus’ return and so it just felt easier not to bring it up.
I had misconceptions over what Heaven would be like, so to be honest with you…
While I knew I should feel excited about it,
And then there was the whole–
“too heavenly minded to be of any earthly good.”
But over the years, through good teaching about Heaven and helpful resources,
And through our daughter Selah’s death,
My understanding and anticipation started to grow.
And I’ve come to realize that it’s the exact opposite.
When we become heavenly minded it impacts how we live– now.
In a good way.
We in fact–
Must be heavenly minded to be of any earthly good.
Yesterday, our pastor shared a list of practical implications of Christ’s return,
And why it’s so important for the phrase-
“He is coming!!!”
To always be on our lips and minds and hearts.
I wanted to share his words with you this morning, because it was such a good reminder for me…
Practical Implications of Christ’s Return:
“The New Testament is permeated with the great promise the Jesus Christ will return from Heaven.
This teaching is not only spoken of as our hope, but it also is used to exhort and encourage us to live useful, engaged, God-honoring lives until He comes.
The following list is not exhaustive, but does show some of the many ways this teaching of His return governs the way we live here and now.” ~Scott Gilchrist
The return of Jesus Christ…
- is a source of great comfort. (John 14:1-3; 1 Thess. 4:16-18)
- motivates holy living. (1 John 3:2,3; 1 Peter 1:13-16)
- promotes the love of the brethren. (1 Thess. 3:12, 13; 1 Peter 4:7-10)
- encourages patience. (James 5:7,8)
- is an incentive to endure persecution. (1 Peter 4:12, 13)
- is an incentive to proclaim God’s Word. (2 Tim. 4:1, 2)
- is an incentive to abide in Christ. (1 John 2:28)
- encourages pastoral diligence. (1 Peter 5: 1-4)
- secures obedience to apostolic commandments. (1 Tim. 6: 13, 14)
- motivates prayer. (1 Peter 4:7)
- keeps us from complaining against one another. (James 5:9)
- causes a mindset on eternal realities. (Col. 3:1-4)
- is a great comfort in times of a believer’s death. (1 Thess. 4: 13-18; 1 Cor. 16:50-58)
- motivates us to put on the armor of light. (Romans 13:11-14)
- guards us from judging one another. (1 Cor. 4:5)
I pray these words and verses will encourage you this morning as well and if you are looking for more resources about Heaven and Jesus’ return…
You can find them here (scroll to the bottom).
May we live now in such a way that we can say one day–
“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here.” ~C.S. Lewis (The Last Battle)