I’m sure you have heard the expression, “Don’t be so heavenly minded that you’re no earthly good.” But that is a rarity. I believe the opposite is true for most Christians. Are you earthly minded and not thinking about the things of Heaven?
Allow me to share some great truths about Heaven.
1. God Has Set Eternity In Our Hearts
Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He hath made everything beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart.”
The word world means “timelessness or eternity.” God has placed within our heart a hunger for Heaven? When we fill up our lives with other things, it will suppress that need and leave us empty. E.g., The latest TV shows, movies, video games, playing sports or watching sports and hobbies can consume you.
2. The Bible Tells Us What Heaven Is Like
Some folks say that heaven is so magnificent that we cannot conceive of it.
1 Cor. 2:9-10 says, “But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit.”
Heaven is mentioned over 500 times in the Bible. The best description of Heaven is Rev. 21-22. If you are going to spend eternity in heaven, it would be good to know more about that place.
3. Heaven Is Seldom Talked About Among God’s People
Today heaven is irreverently portrayed by many novelists and filmmakers. E.g., I went to heaven and came back and when I was there, I saw Dunkin Donuts and Starbuck. Write a book about Heaven, and it will probably be on the New York Times bestseller list. A lot of people think they are going there but will be in for a big surprise. It’s strange, but how many sermons have you heard talking about Heaven or Hell? The church does not have Heaven on its mind. Are you living for Heaven or for earth?
4. Heaven’s Location Is Up North
Acts 1:10-11 says, “And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”
Ask a child where Heaven is, and he will point up. But up is not specific enough. For example, you could point up from every part of the earth, but it would be in different directions from every side of the globe.
Most Bible scholars believe that Heaven is located in the northern heavens.
Isaiah 14:12-13 says, “How thou art fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How thou art cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north.”
No matter where you’re at on the earth, north will always be up. Heaven is probably somewhere in the northern heavens beyond the reach of astronomers and powerful telescopes. Scientists tell us that it seems to be place vacant of stars and galaxies and it is in the northern heavens.
5. Everything That Is Precious To A Christian Is In Heaven
Redeemer-Face to face you will see your Savior.
Relationships-The older you get, the more friends you have in Heaven.
Resources-You have an inheritance in heaven.
Residence-I’m not just talking about where you are going to live, I’m talking about your citizenship.
Reward-Matt. 5:12. There are five crowns that you can win. God is into rewards and motivation. He wants us to be faithful.
Riches-Matt. 6:20. The way you send your treasure to Heaven is by investing in the things that are going there.
Reservation-Rev. 21:27. There is a book called the Lamb’s book of life. Do you have a reservation in Heaven? Is your name written in the Lamb’s book of life?
6. Jesus Is Preparing A Place For You
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:1-3
Heaven is not an imagery place, a figment of your imagination, a feeling, a thought form, a vision of a utopia or the invention of men. Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.
7. Heaven Is Your Home
P.P Bliss was a famous hymn writer of the 19th century. At the age of 38, he died on a train wreck. Found on P.P Bliss’s trunk at the site of the train wreck was found a hymn:
Many mansions grace that Land
Beyond life’s endless shifting sand;
Between the crystal life-giving streams,
And the street of gold that ever gleams.
Waits there our mansion fair and bright,
In a beautiful Land where there comes no night.
Come morning, we’ll move and there abide,
In a mansion that He will provide.
We will leave this sin cursed weary land,
And go on Home to Heaven’s fair strand.
Are you longing for your home? Then be heavenly minded so that you will be earthly good.