It is quite common today to hear someone say that they have a love one looking down on them from heaven. In fact whether or not you know any specific facts about heaven you may have an opinion on what is going on there. However my question is have you ever looked up? What I mean is, has heaven ever influenced your decisions?
When you look up especially on a clear night you can see the beauty that our universe has to offer. But do you ever look up and think is God looking back? If you did — would this influence your decisions for that moment?
Paul in 2 Corinthians 5 mentions how he is knows that heaven is his true home, and that this is motivation to please God. Paul was able to look up and have heaven impact what he did on earth. In fact this truth was so important Paul just had to share it with others so that they could be just has confident in heaven being their home like he was.
Imagine knowing that you have a better destination ahead. If you have ever been on vacation the closer you get the more it’s all you can think about. In fact you begin saving more money and making other decisions on the reality that one day you will be there.
Paul says ” So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord… and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. (v 6, 8). If Paul had the opportunity to pick, he would certainly choose heaven, but he understood that one day he would be there and therefore would make every moment count while on Earth.
Do you ever look up? How does heaven impact you decisions? Do you know if your going to heaven? If you think you are how do you know? Paul was confident… Shouldn’t you be?
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.