Abraham’s Heavenly Heart
Hebrews 11:9, 10 and 13–16 teaches us so much about his perspective. He’s a great example of how we need to live our lives.
Verse 9 tells us that Abraham sojourned in the land of promise as a stranger in a foreign country. Abraham was wealthy. He had abundance of everything the world thinks is important; however, he sojourned as a stranger. It means he wasn’t too settled into this life. The blessing of God (his riches and position) didn’t take his attention away from the God of blessing. We need this same attitude. We are to be here as strangers and not settle into this world but instead have our hearts and minds focused on God and Heaven.
Verse 10 tells us that Abraham waited for a city with foundations. He looked for something with substance whose Builder is God Himself. He was looking for what God had made. He had an eternal perspective, and wasn’t willing to settle for anything less that what God built. In the midst of experiencing the blessing of God, his sights were set on Heaven. That’s exactly where our eyes need to be set.
In verse 13 Abraham saw the promise of Heaven. As far off as Heaven may have been, he saw it just over the horizon. He was intently looking for Heaven. There was no doubt in his mind about it. He was assured of it. He counted on it so much that he made his earthly decisions based on a heavenly promise of something better.
Verse 14 reminds us that when we live with a heavenly home perspective that we are declaring plainly that we’re seeking a homeland. It means we’re taking a stand and people around us know it. They know by our stand where our heart resides—not on this earth, but in Heaven.
Verse 15 helps us see the futility of looking back. Abraham didn’t look back to the Ur of the Chaldees. He didn’t look back to the Promised Land. He knew that as great as things were for him on earth; it didn’t compare to what God was preparing for him in Heaven. His eyes were upward and onward. Are yours? Or do you look back? Like Abraham, look up to what God is preparing for you.
Paul writes in Colossians 3:1–2, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.”
If Jesus is real to you, then you need to seek those things which are above in Heaven. Like Abraham, set your mind and heart on Jesus and your home in Heaven.
Is your heart in Heaven today? Can you see it just over the horizon? Can you keep your heart focused on it?