His Story Affects Our Leaving
INTRODUCTION: We ought to live like we're leaving. Do you ever have leaving on your mind? Sometimes we live as though going to heaven would be an unwelcomed intrusion into our busy schedules, an interruption of our career goals or vacation plans. Often we think of how we do not want to see heaven until we have enjoyed all the pleasures the world has to offer. When we have seen it all and done it all, or when age or sickness hinders our abilities to enjoy these pleasures, then we will be ready for heaven. While it is true that, as the old spiritual put it, "Everybody talkin' bout heaven ain't goin' there," it is also true that everybody going to heaven is not talking about it.
When the church loses its focus on heaven, it becomes self-indulgent and self-centered, materialistic and worldly, spiritually weak and lethargic. The pleasures and comforts of this world can consume too much of its time and energy. It is easy for believers to forget that this world is not their true home. The church is increasingly in danger of not only being so heavenly minded that it is no earthly good, but rather of being so earthly minded that it is no heavenly good.
Matthew 6:20-21, "but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Colossians 3:1, "f then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God."
Godly people have always longed for heaven
"You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
Philippians 1:23, "For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better."
2 Corinthians 5:8, "We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the bod ...
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