“Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day
your Lord is coming.” Matthew 24:42
Are you alert for the Lord’s coming? Do you “long
for his appearing” (II Timothy 4:8)? Is heaven your bright,
eternal hope (Romans 8:22-25)?
Heaven can seem very far away – removed and distant from
our world. With long hours at the office, children to care for,
constant cell phones ringing and all the rest of it, eternity is
a word that is in the Book but often far from our heart.
What difference would it make if we were on the alert for heaven?
If we set our hope there, and kept our eyes on the prize?
- We might
handle trials and difficulties better: “For
momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight
of glory far beyond all comparison.” (II Corinthians 4:17)
- We might have more courage, knowing that the war has already
been won. “The last enemy that will be abolished
is death.” (I Corinthians 15:26)
- We might take more care to
live a holy life. “But
since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate
of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.” (I
These are just a few of the benefits we reap by keeping our eyes
focused on the hope of heaven – there are many more.
So don’t wander off the track or sit down on the sidelines.
Keep your eyes on the finish line – your reward is waiting!
often do you think of heaven or eternity? What do you think about
- What areas of your life would benefit from having an
- How can you incorporate a heavenly perspective
in those areas of your life?
- What are you most looking forward to