“We will never be of much use in this life until we have developed a healthy obsession with the next”. This is a quotation from Sam Storms in a message which can be found here. Storms debunks the statement made by many that we can be too heavenly minded to be any earthly good. The reverse is in fact the case. Those who are the most heavenly minded are the most earthly good.
This leads me to ponder upon how much time I spend contemplating the realities of the heavenly glory which is ahead of us. No doubt there are all sorts of dangers in contemplating heaven.For one thing we can start to have ideas of heaven based on our own fantasies, and in doing so we can forget that heaven is fundamentally the place where God dwells. Heaven is most splendidly the place where Jesus is all glorious. Accordingly, given this fact we should be ongoingly be drawn to that place.
And in view of this we should be more Abraham like in our faith. Let us consider what we read of Abraham in Hebrews 11:9-10: “By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. ” This world is not our home. This is not where we have our eternal dwelling place.
Relentlessly we are impacted by the messages from the world around us that this world is all that matters. So indulge yourself and fulfill yourself in the here and now is the clear implication to be deduced from this propaganda. But God’s Word says that this world is not all that matters. Rather, there is a greater day with greater prospects. So may we meditate and be drawn to a scriptural vision of that heavenly place. And thereby we will be being changed from one degree of glory to an0ther.