Bible and Theology
Heaven on Earth
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Oct 29, 2019

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Have you ever known anyone who went to the airport to catch a flight and decided to live in the plane permanently? Sound crazy? Unfortunately, this is the attitude many Christians have regarding heaven. Without much thought given to our eternal destination, how many of us spend most of our time, energy, and money planning our future for this life on earth?

Many who recite the words of the Lord's Prayer, "Our Father who art in heaven," never stop and think about heaven. In Psalm 19, heaven is used to describe the unending realm of the constellations. In 2 Corinthians 5 and Revelation 21, heaven is referred to as a definite place, a new Jerusalem, and a home prepared for God's children.

Are you longing for the time when you will be face to face with the Savior?

Our heavenly Father is very much in heaven, but we can experience a little bit of heaven on earth right now because our Lord walks and talks with us. Nothing escapes His watchful eye. He is especially interested in us and dwells in the hearts of those who trust and believe in His Son.

When you are expecting friends that you love and enjoy, you anticipate the moment when they will arrive. As children of God, we will be in heaven with our Lord, who is longing for our coming.

When the apostle Paul thought of heaven, he longed to be there. He said, "I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body" (Philippians 1:23-24).

Can you honestly say today that you share Paul's sentiment? Are you longing for the time when you will be face to face with the Savior? If you find this question difficult to answer, stop and reflect on the goodness of God. Imagine being in His glorious presence apart from all sorrow, pain, and strife. Now, lift your praises to Him for His unending love and incomparable faithfulness.

Prayer: Lord help me to turn my thoughts away from the troubles of this world and toward my incredible future with You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful" (Colossians 4:2).