Today I'm joining Lisa-Jo Baker for 5 Minute Friday...
This is when I "just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. For five minutes flat with no editing, tweaking or self critiquing" (seriously hard for me...and that's why I need to do it!).
Today's Word is: Imagine
So much emphasis is placed these days on the here and now. Even in the Christian realm it seems that so much focus, in Christian music, at conferences, even in churches is on how to live a better life today. I must admit I've often been guilty of being earthly minded at times on this blog, and even in everyday life. But recently the LORD has impressed upon my heart (through a variety of avenues) that the longing Believers once had for Heaven, is something we shouldn't lose sight of today. It fills us with hope and causes us to think beyond ourselves. Yes, a relationship with Jesus give us abundant life today. But it also gives us an eternal perspective, there is something even better coming. Imagine!
When I first heard the word of the day my mind immediately raced into thoughts of "Imagine what life would be like if we lived as Jesus lived! Oh, how lives would be changed. What victory there would be for us and others!"
Then, my mind moved onto "Imagine what Heaven will be like!" I recently read an article titled, "Are You Looking Forward to Going to Heaven?". The writer shares how Christians, even Pastors, admitted to dreading Heaven. Why? Because they imagined it to be boring, monotonous, one un-ending church service after another. Yikes! REALLY?
Imagine, my friends, what Heaven will be like.
We don't know a lot of solid facts about Heaven. I think God didn't give us a lot of details in the Bible because our minds simply couldn't fathom the beauty and greatness of it anyway. What we do know is this: it will be better than the best things we've experienced here on earth. There will be...Peace. Joy. Wholeness. Freedom. No sin, sickness, pain, worries, sadness or tears. Unhindered fellowship with God...forever!
Doesn't sound boring to me. In fact, it sounds simply wonderful!
Imagine standing before God with a clear heart and conscience.
Imagine getting there, and being greeted by those you told about Him.
Imagine hearing, "My good and faithful servant" from your Maker.
Imagine getting to spend eternity in the presence of God.
Imagine something so much better that you can't even describe it, but you know you want to share it with all your loved ones.
Now, go live with that eternal perspective in mind!
"For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better...Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ..."
Philippians 1:21, 27a
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