Seeking That Special Place
Jesus, in John 14, tells us that He is going to prepare a place for us. In Revelation 21:6 He proclaimed, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.” What God begins, He always completes. One day our place will be finished—our heavenly home will be there.
Since Jesus is preparing this special, unique, perfect place for us, doesn’t make sense that we seek after it and set our mind on it?
The apostle Paul sets the tone for us in his letter to the Colossians. He wrote, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”
Seek and set. Two radically important words. We are to seek things and set our minds on things that are above—in Heaven.
Randy Alcorn wrote, “We can understand Paul’s admonition in Colossians 3:1 as follows: ‘diligently, actively, single-mindedly pursue the things above’—in a word, Heaven. The verb zeteo [set your hearts] is in the present tense, suggesting an ongoing process. “Keep seeking heaven.” Don’t just have a conversation, read a book, or listen to a sermon. . .since you’ll spend the next life-time living in Heaven, why not spend this lifetime seeking Heaven, so you can eagerly anticipate and prepare for it?”
Hebrews 11:10–16 reminds us of Abraham. It’s so interesting that they didn’t look back to the place from which they came. They desired the better heavenly country. Because of their heart and focus, God was not ashamed to be called their God.
The Scottish preacher Dr. George Morrison once said, “The important thing is not what we live in, but what we look for.”
These people lived in tents as strangers and aliens but they knew a heavenly city awaited them. That’s how we need to seek heaven. They didn’t get bogged down in the daily circumstances of this world. On the contrary they let thoughts of heaven renew their minds at all times.
Jesus is preparing a place for us. We need to seek after it and keep it in the forefront of our minds.
Are you seeking after heaven? Or are you bogged down and in the trap of the things of this world?