Why It Matters Now…

Heaven
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,
I wasn’t.

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)

With Love,
Kara

 

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  1. Jody Ohlsen Collins says:

    Kara, this post reminds me of something I heard Erwin McManus share (from MOSAIC church in LA)–we didn’t just get saved to go to Heaven, but to have Jesus’ life in us to bring his kingdom to earth now. He lives in us for a reason.

    Great words!

  2. LeAnn Williams says:

    This was a really love post and I love all of the thoughts on Christ’s return. I smiled at the thought of Must be heavenly minded to be of any earthly good. Thanks for this uplift today~

  3. How inspiring your words are. Sometimes I “feel” I’m surrounded by those who believe as long as they have accepted Christ as their Savior they can live as they choose, Heaven is promised so why worry. It is difficult not to judge myself and others for having such an earthly mentality. It really is an all encompassing lifestyle, and it does matter.

    Thank you for the reminder, exhortation, and the wisdom.

    • I can very much relate and that can quickly be me as well…
      I can get frustrated over the silliest things or be fearful of taking risks when God nudges my heart, but Heaven puts all those things back into the place they should be.

      It always makes me think about Nagmeh (Saeed’s wife)…imprisoned for his faith…and how all will be set right because of Heaven. So thankful and it is so good to hear from you Lynda. Love, K

  4. Thank you so much for these encouraging words! For so many of us, heaven is simply a nice thought or idea. We fail to grasp the reality of it. We will be there one day! It brings a smile to my face just thinking about it!

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