We are so fortunate to have a Lord that loves us and gives us an abundant life on earth. As we follow Him, He protects, provides and leads us toward an eternity with him. As we journey, there are so many daily circumstances that keep us focused on the earthly life we live. But, the hope of Glory–an eternity in Heaven is the goal. We speak often of an eternal perspective, but, without believing in the truth of eternity, it seems very for away.
Heaven–A place with no worries–all day with Jesus, no pain, no sin and the joy of being with him in the way we were created to be. Sin has marred the ability we have to both understand ands communicate with our Lord. We have to trust that he listens and leads us by his spirit. When we join him in heaven, we will see him face to face. We will finally, truly know him.
This life–with its trials, joys and daily adventures both clouds and distracts us from what is yet to come. That is why Paul said to set our hearts and minds on things above. Help me Lord to keep an eternal perspective.
God Bless You
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.