Compared to what’s coming, living conditions around here seem like a stopover in an unfurnished shack, and we’re tired of it! We’ve been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, our resurrection bodies! The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less. (2 Cor. 5:4-5, MSG)
We really should not settle for anything less than what God has prepared for us. We should not let the world drag us down but bring heaven into our troubles, relationships, life in general. Because God has the answers we need. Because God is more than we can ever imagine. Because God is pouring out grace upon grace even as you read this.
So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. (2 Cor. 4:16-18, MSG)
Mary reminds us “Everything that hurts us on earth has the potential, when we let God put His hands in the conflict, to bless the world. In short, we hurt, and God heals, which makes us an agent of healing. In other words, when we’re brave enough to let God transform our pain, we bring heaven to earth.”
Living as it is in heaven does not mean there would not be any hardships. But it means we can already enjoy the power of the Holy Spirit working in and through our lives. We just need to turn to God with everything.
Keeping our spiritual eyes on the things that don’t meet the eye will cheer us on on our way to heaven. Keeping our heart conditioned “as it is in heaven” will bless us here and now. Keeping our life centered on Jesus enables us to live and love as it is in heaven.
Thank you for reminding us of our true home.
Help us to keep our eyes on you.
Transform our pains into something beautiful.
Surround us with your amazing grace.
Lead us home.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Does a glimpse of heaven cheer you on? Do you live and love “as it is in heaven”?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you continue heavenward on your pilgrimage!
Photo courtesy of Jesse Weiler, design by Mari-Anna Stålnacke. Linking up today with Sharing His Beauty, Hear it on Sunday, use it on Monday, Playdates with God, and counting blessings with Ann Voskamp: #1053 Heaven is real. #1054 God heals. #1055 Our help comes from the Lord.
I am part of Mary DeMuth’s launch team for her new bookand I have to say that this book absolutely rocks. It’s not only well written but it is full of uplifting stories that just I can’t capture here on the blog. But make sure to visit the other blogs that are linked up here. They are also blogging through the book. Maybe together we can give a more vivid and accurate picture of the book.