Believers in Jesus Christ should not get too comfortable in this world. This is only temporary. It is a place for us to receive Christ as Savior and Lord, grow in that new relationship, and explain to others about Jesus birth, teachings, death, burial, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Then when our work on earth is completed, God calls us to our permanent home in Heaven.
John 14:1-3 states, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
Please read today’s devotional with this in mind.
Therefore it is that He withers our gourds and breaks our cisterns!
How poor and unsatisfying are all things here below–even the best and the loveliest! Oh, to walk more intimately with Him, to live above the world, and hold the creature with a looser hand–taking God’s Word as our guiding light and our unfailing spring of comfort!
God has eternally provided such a magnificent and holy Heaven for us above, that He is jealous lest we should set our hearts too fondly and closely upon the attractions of earth. Therefore it is that He withers our gourds and breaks our cisterns–only to dislodge us here, and lead us to seek those things which are above, where Christ our treasure is.
Let us keep our eye and our hearts upon our blessed eternal home. Earth is but a stage erected as our passage to the glorious place which Jesus has gone to prepare for us. What a place must that be, which infinite power and love has engaged to provide! Oh, let us not lose sight of Heaven for a moment.
How prone are we to allow our minds and hearts (treacherous hearts!) to become entangled with the baubles of this dying world. No wonder Christ exhorted us to watch and pray. Heaven is our home–our happy home. We are but strangers and pilgrims here on earth. Try and realize it. Let us keep ourselves ready to enter with Him to the marriage supper of the Lamb. In a little while we shall see Him–not as the “Man of sorrows”–but the “King in His beauty!” Then let us fight against this poor world and all its false attractions, for it is passing away.
Dearest Jesus! help Your pilgrims to live more like pilgrims, above a poor dying world, and more in full view of the glory that awaits them when they shall see You face to face!
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Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001