“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
For Heaven’s Sake
(Please read Hebrews 11:13-16)
Can you remember ever hearing a sermon without the word “heaven” in it? Probably not, and with good reason. Heaven is the ultimate reward, the end result of the lives of those who love and serve the Lord, so it deserves a prominent place in our sermons, in our conversations and in our hopes. The word “heaven” appears hundreds of times in the Bible, leaving no doubt that God means for the hope of heaven to be of overriding importance in our lives.
We need to know as much as we can about it, to begin to appreciate the glory that awaits the redeemed. As Paul reminded the Philippians (3:20), “our citizenship is in heaven,” and our hearts should be there too. Like the heroes of faith listed in Hebrews 11, we “desire a better country, that is a heavenly one.” Indeed, if we are faithfully following the Lord, our “treasures” are accumulating in heaven also (see Matthew 6:19-21).
For the sake of reaching heaven we should be willing to bear any burden and endure any trial that may befall us because of our faith. God has given us glimpses, samples, foretastes of the delights of the world to come. May frequent meditation on those wonders increase our joyful anticipation of the glories ahead.
Now would be a good time to pause and thank God for the wonderful hope we have in Christ, and sing one of the good songs about heaven, such as “How Beautiful Heaven Must Be” or “Glory for Me.” Let’s read often of the promises heaven holds, bask in the sweet fellowship of the saints while here, and look forward happily to the hereafter.