Heaven More Precious
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. Colossians 3:2
Recommended Reading Revelation 22:1-5
Harvey H. Springer was called the Cowboy Evangelist. Once during a trying time in ministry, he looked down from the pulpit and saw his father in the audience. Harvey asked his dad to stand, and he told the church how his dad prayed for him, supported him, stood by him, and encouraged him. After church, the elder Springer drove into the country to be alone with God and pray. Somewhere alongside a rural lane he collapsed. A passing motorist found him, but it was too late. Harvey later told his congregation he was going to work harder than ever for the Lord now, for his dad was watching from the grandstands of heaven. Knowing his father had preceded him, he said, “makes heaven more precious.”
God won’t always remove our pain. If we live life with no problems, we take our eyes off things that are eternal. Knowing our loved ones are awaiting us in heaven keeps us focused on the future. Remembering the brevity of life keeps us working for things unseen. Our daily problems and persecutions can deepen our longing for heaven. Think about New Jerusalem today, and anticipate the glories God has prepared for you.
Build your hopes on things eternal, hold to God’s unchanging hand.
Jennie Wilson, hymnist