But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
This is often one of the first verses that many new believers learn to memorize, but most new believers never really understand the importance of making the kingdom our priority.
In 1952 Florence Chadwick attempted to swim from Catalina Island to mainland California, prior to this she had swum the English Channel twice. During the swim she became very tired and her mother urged her on, but she just couldn’t do it. When she got into the boat she saw for herself that she was only 800m from the shore. She said all I could see was water, I think if I could have seen the shore, I would have made it.
So it is with us, many fall away from the faith because they can’t catch a glimpse of heaven. But isn’t it reasonable that before we move into our eternal home, we first examine and acquaint ourselves with it? So many people feel it’s beyond their imagination and would rather rest their weary minds and discover what Heaven is all about when they get there.
“So we fail to take seriously what Scripture tells us about Heaven as a familiar, physical, tangible place.” – Randy Alcorn from his book entitled “Heaven”.
Satan wants nothing more than to discourage the believer from imagining his or her future home. The goal of going to Heaven is worthy of more that the planning that goes into a Disney vacation. It’s time to focus on our true home. Not so we can float through life on a cloud but rather so we can see everything that God has planned for us and everyone else who believes.
Colossians 3:1-4 (NASB)
1 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
The Greek word translated keep seeking (setting your sights on) is Zeteo. The same word is used in the following places:
Matt 18:12 parable of the lost sheep and a shepherd seeking (Zeteo) for his lost sheep
Luke 19:10 Jesus explaining that the Son of man has come to seek (zeteo) and save the lost.
Luke 15:18 The parable of the woman sweeping her house out searching (zeteo) for lost coins
Matthew 13:45-46 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking (zeteo) fine pearls, 46 and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
Zeteo is a present tense word, meaning we are to keep seeking heaven. Don’t just listen to a sermon or read a book or have discussion about heaven but keep diligently seeking the glories of heaven! One thing I have heard over the years is that Christians can become “So heavenly minded and yet no earthly use.” But the opposite is true. Those who have had a heavenly vision have changed the world. Think about it, some of the greatest art, music, books, and inventions have all come from people who caught a glimpse of Heaven. The Apostles are certainly a good example as well. Recently there have been books written and movies made about men, women and children who testified that they died and went to heaven. Whether you believe them or not they all say Heaven is real, it’s beautiful and it’s full of indescribable peace!
What would happen to Legacy Church if we all had this kind of encounter? What would happen to you if you were taken up and then given the opportunity to return so you could tell people all about your experience? Take this devotion seriously and continually seek heaven and more importantly pursue the Lord of heaven! He wants you to experience the Glory of heaven. Is your faith so firmly planted in the earth’s soil that you can’t see Heaven from where you stand? How do we get closer to home? For me I had to intentionally set my mind on the things above. I began to read all the scriptures having to do with Heaven. I then read some books by respected authors on Heaven and then asked the Holy Spirit to help me. I certainly don’t know everything about Heaven, but the more I learn about Heaven, the more I’m drawn to my future home and the more in love I am with Jesus.
“Life on the New Earth will be like sitting in front of the fire with family and friends, basking in the warmth, laughing uproariously, dreaming of the adventures to come…. And then going out and living those adventure together. With no fear that life will ever end or that tragedy will descend like a dark cloud. With no fear that dreams will be shattered, or relationships broken. We were made for a person and a place. Jesus is that person and Heaven is that place. Jesus will be at the center of all things, and joy will be the air we breathe.” – Randy Alcorn’s book, “Heaven”
Are you just a little bit excited?? I hope so. I am. I’ll see you there.