When a loved one who is saved goes home to be with the Lord, we know they are no longer in their fleshly body which may lay in a casket. We know (because God’s Word tells us) that they are in the presence of the Lord. This homecoming should cause us to think of eternity and remind us that we are here to prepare ourselves and others for Heaven.
If we are not careful, we can find ourselves dreading the ending of this life rather than longing for eternity. We certainly would not be excited about laying up ‘…for yourselves treasures in heaven” we are not looking forward to heaven.
This may be due, in part, to having an unclear view of eternity. While our recently departed friend or family member’s spirit went on to glory, there is no reason to think that he or she is just floating around as a spirit. Our glorious, eternal home is quite real and tangible!
The Apostle Paul encourages us to “…seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God” Col. 3:1. Christ, having been raised from the dead by the power of God, is now in His glorified (and physical) body.
Before Jesus ascended up to the Father, he encouraged his disciples (and us as well) ,”In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.” John 14:2-4
Have you ever so looked forward to a vacation that you began imagining how great and beautiful it is going be? (I’m thinking Hawaii) . We can surely enjoy God’s wonderful creation and rest, recreate , eat great foods and view wondrous sights! How much more will our heavenly home be, which will have no sin nor corruption. And if you think God’s earthly creations are awe-inspiring (i.e. Victoria falls, the Grand Canyon, tropical rain forests), imagine the creation that He has been preparing for us for thousands of years! (human years, of course).
My friend, we ought not to dread the end of our days, rather , as the Apostle wrote, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Cor. 5:8
How differently might you live today if you had knowledge that tomorrow you’d be with the Lord? The Bible teaches us repeatedly that our lives here are merely “vapours”, a shadow that fleeth and continueth not, and a flower that cometh and is cut down.
Living with eternity in mind today, will help us make our lives count for Christ;and the things of earth will be less significant.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full on his wonderful face
and the things of earth will grow strangely dim
in the light of his glory and grace!