Longing and Preparing for Heaven
Over the last few posts I’ve written about how heaven is going to be an incredible place, and when we realize in our hearts, all that it has for us, we’ll be as torn as Paul was between heaven and earth.
Psalm 84:1–2 says, “How lovely is Your tabernacle, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.”
The more I know about heaven, the more I want to interpret this psalm literally—God’s dwelling place is lovely, my soul longs and faints for it, my heart and flesh cry out for God himself!
Charles H. Spurgeon said it best: “My soul longeth, it pines, and faints to meet with the saints in the Lord’s house. The desire was deep and insatiable—the very soul of the man was yearning for his God.”
God is going to give us many abilities in heaven. He will give us a resurrected body. He will give himself to us in heaven. Let’s start longing and preparing for that encounter now!
So how do we do that? How do we prepare?
I’ll cover much of this in future Blog posts, but let me give a short answer to this question.
First, we learn to live as a foreigner and sojourner on this earth. We are as nomads traveling through this life to get to an eternal existence with the God of the universe. We are nomads in this world and traveling to our eternal, glorious home.
Second, we embrace the certainty of heaven. We don’t seek to escape this life—we trust God for every earthly step. We do discover that we can endure the perilous times in which we live because we’re sure we’re going to our eternal home. Earth is temporal; heaven is eternal and needs to be deeply rooted in our hearts.
Third, we serve. We learn to take advantage of every opportunity and reach out to those in need. We seize the day to help people and let them see Jesus, and heaven, through us. We live with an outstretched hand.
There’s balance in all things. We live as foreigners in this land with our hearts longing and preparing for heaven’s gate. We live in surrender to God’s plan for our life and for his path to serve and be available to hurting, needful people who need Jesus and His hope and His eternity.