Where are You at Home? (The Glory of Heaven Chapter 4)

I remember teaching some middle school student about Heaven. I began the class by asking them about their thoughts of Heaven. Needless to say, they were not impressed. They knew they did not want to go to Hell but they weren’t excited about Heaven.
In chapter 4 of The Glory of Heaven, John MacArthur says, “People lose sight of heaven because they are swept up in worldliness and materialism and push all thoughts of heaven and the afterlife from their minds completely.” Then he adds, “Most Christians in wealthy Western cultures have things too good right here in this world. Most don’t really know what it is to long for heaven.” MacArthur even says, “I often meet Christians who live as if heaven would be an unwelcome intrusion into the busy schedules.”
My experience has been similar to MacArthur’s experience. Most Christians I meet don’t want to die because they have too many attachments to this world. They don’t spend time thinking about Heaven and they don’t think much of it either.
We spend a great deal of time and energy consumed with thoughts of this present world. Success and prosperity grab our attention every day. They tell us our focus ought to be here and now.
As we go through our busy lives making life as good as we can in the here and now, we need to be reminded that this is all too fleeting. This life is short. Eternity is long. Life for the long run. Live for the big time, not the small time. Philippians 3:20-21 reminds us, “Our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of His glorious body, by the power that enables Him to subject everything to Himself.”


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