Feb 23, 2010

Heavenly Minded

A Real Place for Real People

But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
Hebrews 11:16

The Bible has much to say about what heaven is like. First, heaven is an actual place. Jesus told His disciples, "I go to prepare a place for you" (John 14:2). Heaven is a real place for real people, and when we get there, it will be amazing and fantastic.

The Bible uses a number of words to describe heaven, including "Paradise." Jesus said to the thief on the cross who came to his senses, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise" (Luke 23:43). The Paradise Jesus was speaking of, literally translated, is a word that would have been used in the first century to describe the garden of a king. It is hard for us to imagine how luxurious and splendid this would appear to someone living in this time. If you were a relatively impoverished person and were given the privilege of going into the walled garden of a king, you would be overwhelmed by the fragrance and beauty of it all. So "paradise" was a point of reference for people. Although limited, it gives us a sense of how heaven will overwhelm our senses.

The apostle Paul died, went to heaven, and came back to earth. In describing his experience, he said he was "caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter" (2 Corinthians 12:4). Heaven will be better than anything we could imagine, and Scripture gives us descriptions and hints of what it will be like.

So what does it mean for us today? If we are heavenly minded, then it will affect the way we are living on earth. And if it doesn't affect the way we are living on earth, then how heavenly minded could we really be?
I quoted this from Pastor Greg Laurie's daily devotion which I receive.

I don't know if this happens to you.
But, stupidly, I get caught up with the things of this world so often.
Somewhat, the joy this world offers becomes attractive to me suddenly.
And the bitterness, anger, jealousy, all those kinds of sin I commit.
What I found is that when that happens, there is no room for Jesus in my heart.

I need to fixated on Jesus more.
I need to be more heavenly minded.
So that God can lead me and fill me with His joy.


  1. Heaven...wow...that one word gives me the chills! Such an amazing, powerful place. One that no mere human could ever comprehend!

    Even the word "Eternity" is hard. Because the Bible says we shall live in Heaven for Eternity, our human minds try to think of what that means.

    Though God has no sense of time so eternity is nothing to Him.

    But us, people who's lives revolve around the clock, hours and minutes run our lives. Eternity cannot be fully understood.

    There are so many times throughout each day that I actually stop and think "What if I'm not good enough? What if I've sinned too much in my life? I know I don't deserve to go to Heaven and I try to live the purest life I can, but what if it's not GOOD ENOUGH?!"

  2. Alesia

    Yes, it is too amazing to comprehend the concept of Heaven. But, as you know, Bible gives us a lot of its images. Like, we'll serve and worship God, there is no tears, pain nor suffering.

    Grace upon grace, grace for grace God offers. We fail, God provides His grace. Jesus is full of grace and truth.(John 1:14-17) There we find our confidence.