2 Things a Heavenly Vision Does for Us
Let me say something that might sound a little outrageous to you—our best days on this earth don’t even come close to comparing to our days in heaven. When we realize this truth it should do two things for us:
- A heavenly vision should help us loosen our grip on our earthly life and all the things this world has to offer (Colossians 3:1–4). Commentator F.F. Bruce wrote, “Since these people [Paul’s audience and all Christians] share his risen life, their interests are now centered in him; his interests, in fact, have become theirs. They must therefore pursue those things which belong to the heavenly realm where he reigns; their mind, their attitude, their ambition, their whole outlook must be characterized by their living bond with the ascended Christ.” Our heavenly vision loosens our grasp of the things of this earth and strengthens our hold onto Him and His eternal perspective.
- A heavenly vision should cause us to long for heaven and all that Jesus has prepared for us (John 14:2–3). The truth of the matter is, we live in a fallen world, and as beautiful, fun, and enjoyable as this life can be, it doesn’t compare to the glory yet to be revealed (Romans 8:18). Charles H. Spurgeon wrote, “According to the word ‘prepared’ we may conceive it [heaven] to be a condition of surpassing excellence. It is a kingdom prepared, and it has been so long a time prepared, and he who prepares it so wondrously rich in resources, that we cannot possibly conceive how excellent it must be. . .He prepared the kingdom to perfection; and then, as if that were not enough, the glorious man Christ Jesus went up from earth to heaven. The words smile so sweetly at us that Jesus Himself, who is a man, and therefore knows our hearts’ desires, has had a finger in it; he has prepared it too. It is a kingdom prepared for you, upon which the thoughts of God have been set to make it excellent ‘from before the foundation of the world.’”
Having a heavenly vision does two important things for us. Where is your vision? Is it on the things of today’s world? Is it focused entirely on what is around you? Or, is your vision firmly cemented on Jesus, heaven and the place He has prepared?