Are We Really Supposed to Think About Heaven?

When Jesus said to us, "I am going there [to heaven] to prepare a place for you...I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am" (John 14:2-3), he spoke as a groom to his bride-to-be. These are words of love and romance. How would any bride who loves her husband-to-be respond to them? She'd be thrilled. Not a single day would go by, not a single hour,in which the bride wouldn't anticipate joining her beloved in that place he prepared for her to live with him forever.

Like a bride's dreams of sharing a home with her groom, our love for heaven should be overflowing and contagious, just like our love for God. Our passion for God and our passion for heaven should be inseparable. The more I learn about God, the more excited I get about heaven. The more I learn about heaven, the more excited I get about God.

What about the expression "he's so heavenly-minded he's of no earthly good"? Impossible—those whose minds are truly on heaven are of the utmost earthly and heavenly good. Scripture commands us "set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God; set your minds on things above, not on earthly things" (Colossians 3:1-2). If my mind isn't on heaven, I have nothing to offer on earth.

Randy Alcorn, founder of EPM

Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over fifty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries

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