BEYOND – Day 7

For many people Heaven is more a concept or a state of mind than a real destination. When you know you are leaving on a trip for the islands or a tour of Alaska you plan to arrive at a real place and in a real time.

And yet many never think of Heaven with the intention and planning and anticipation of a trip to Hawaii or a cruise. We don’t dream about it, talk about it or hope for it. And yet that is precisely what we need to do!

Richard Baxter was a pastor who spent every day in pain. Numerous medical problems ranging from a hacking cough to uncontrolled nosebleeds to heart conditions plagued him.

And so, after preaching some sermons on our heavenly home he made a decision. For the rest of his life he would spend half an hour each day meditating on, thinking about and anticipating Heaven.

It changed his life. He credits these periods of meditation for delivering him from death’s door on several occasions. It became the happiest part of his day.

Now I know that giving up time scrolling our computers or phones or channel surfing seems a steep price but I wonder what a period of time each day thinking about Heaven would do to give perspective to us today. When we deliberately and obediently “set our minds on heavenly things not on earthly ones” (Colossians 3:2) the things of this earth find their proper place.

And we find peace.

FOR MEMORIZATION: “For the things which are seen are temporary but the things we cannot see are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

FOR REFLECTION: The old song says “There’s a land that is fairer than day and by faith we can see it afar….” By faith today give time to think about your heavenly home. It may just change your life!