1. Life that looks forward to heaven
“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or to be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that country and to help others to do the same.” C.S. Lewis
Think of the city whose architect is God.
Do I think about heaven? Does it affect what I do in life? Who my friends are? How do I spend my fee time? What choices do I make.
Looking forward to heaven should shape all the aspects of my life.
God prepared a banquet for us. Why do we try to fill ourselves with scraps of this world while we try to get there?
Anticipating Heaven doesn’t eliminate life’s pain, but it lessens it and puts it in perspective.
2. A life that gets us ready
2 Peter 3:8-15
How do we get ready for heaven – live heaven now. Whatever you expect to do in heaven start doing it now.
1 Peter 1:3-9
Times of testing only makes us stronger. It purifies our hearts as gold. God works through tough situations to remove impurities from our heart and get us ready for heaven.