I began teaching a lesson to the Women's Bible Class today using the book Between Heaven and Earth by Steve Berger. I'll share it over the next few days.
Today’s believers think
little about heaven and much about the comforts, challenges and distractions of
this life. But Colossians 3:1-2 says, 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.
must have a heavenly mind-set even while God leaves us on earth, to make a
difference in peoples’ lives.
may have heard someone say, “So and so is so heavenly minded she’s no earthly
good.” But that’s the opposite of the way we should be. Knowing about heaven –
really knowing – makes us more
earthly good! It should change our
entire approach to life and mission.
news is terrible today. Violence, addictions, natural disasters. People have
despair and they are looking for answers. Jesus
is the answer! And when believers understand His eternal perspective and share
it with others; needs are met, hope is given and everything changes!
aren’t called to sit passively in church every Sunday, but to reach out and
share Jesus with the world. We are to produce fruit. The expansion of the kingdom of God is our priority.
is a good example for us. He was totally committed to bringing people to
Christ, but in Philippians 1:21-24 he wrote For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 But if I
am to live on in the
flesh, this will mean fruitful
labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. 23 But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to
depart and be with Christ, for that
is very much better; 24 yet to
remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. Paul’s heart was
passionately fixed on heaven while his hand was purposefully working to produce
fruit. God wants us to have our hearts in heaven, but our hand on the harvest.
and our eventual joyous homecoming as Christians are great truths that we
should long for. It will be a homecoming and family reunion like never before.
Heaven is a place. There is exciting supernatural activity, we will worship God
and reign with Jesus, spend time with loved ones and meet saints we’ve read
about! It will be anything but boring! Resurrected people will live in
resurrected bodies on a resurrected earth with a resurrected Savior!
2:9-10 However, as it is written: “What no eye
has seen, what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived” the things God has
prepared for those who love him—10 these
are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of
12:1-4 I must go on boasting. Although there is
nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago
was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the
body I do not know—God knows. 3 And
I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know,
but God knows— 4 was caught up to
paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to
1st Heaven is the air we breathe and where birds fly. 2nd
Heaven is the sun, moon and stars. And 3rd Heaven is where God
lives. Paul was “the man” he’s talking about and 14 years earlier would have
been a little before he wrote the 1st Corinthians passage. Scripture
doesn’t tell us why he didn’t tell us about it then, but it did cause him to
say, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard” etc.
years later Paul wrote Colossians 3:1-2. He implores them to seek the things
above. In Heaven. He says while on earth let Heaven be a focal point and filter
for your thoughts. Let heaven give you eternal perspective for your earthly
life. When we meet Jesus and get a glimpse of Heaven our life is changed. We can
not not talk about Him! We can not not serve others! People should see a
change in us. It is not ok for us to be spiritually unproductive. Find a way to
get involved. Find a way to love and serve others. Living for Christ has
nothing to do with our job or occupation. Our lives are not defined by our
career. Our true identities are found
in Christ and living for Christ.
2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no
longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by
faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
When we live for Christ “to die is gain”.
Christians graduate from life to life! Our spirits weren’t meant to live in
this sin filled world. We were created for Eden. For heaven! How we live today matters
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