How often do you think about heaven?
According to Dr. Robert Jeffress, most Christians don’t spend much time thinking about heaven. Why is that? He says that most Christians don’t think about heaven because they aren’t really that excited about it.
Robert believes if we knew more about what heaven will be like, we would be more excited. He shares several benefits of being heavenly minded from his book A Place Called Heaven: 10 Surprising Truths about Your Eternal Home.
The first benefit of being heavenly minded is it reminds us that our life on earth is short.
“As we think about the length of eternity, it really reminds us how brief our time is here on earth.”
Robert acknowledges that it’s really not possible to comprehend the concept of eternity, but he shares a illustration to help us try.
“Think about a bird that comes once every one million years to sharpen its beak on the top of Mount Everest. By the time that bird has worn down that great mountain by sharpening its beak, eternity will have only begun. We can’t comprehend how long eternity really is and it reminds us of how brief our time is on earth. It motivates us to spend these few years we have on earth in the most profitable way for the Kingdom of God.”
The second benefit Robert points out is that thinking about heaven prepares us for the judgement we’ll face, even as Christians.
“Yes, Christians are going to have their own judgement, the judgement seat of Christ. Knowing that we’re all going to stand before the judgement seat of Christ prepares us to live in a way that shows that we succeed at the judgement seat.”
The third benefit of thinking about heaven is that it helps us put suffering in perspective.
“The suffering we go through in this world is real. As someone once said, from the perspective of heaven, our worst suffering on earth will be seen as nothing more than a one night stay in a bad hotel.”
Robert says those are just a few of the benefits of thinking about heaven on a regular basis. How might your outlook on life change if you spent more time dwelling on your eternal home?
Dr. Robert Jeffress is senior pastor of the 13,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, a Fox News contributor, and a member of the executive committee of the White House Faith Initiative. His daily radio program, Pathway to Victory, is heard on more than 930 stations nationwide, and his weekly television program is seen on thousands of cable systems and stations in the US and in nearly 200 countries around the world.
Key Scripture: Proverbs 29:11
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