Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:1-2
Former Senator Dwight W. Morrow was on a train to New York City when the conductor walked by and said, “Excuse me, Mr. Senator, may I see your ticket please?” Mr. Morrow searched and searched in vain to find the ticket he had purchased, but was unsuccessful. “I must find that ticket,” he muttered.
So the conductor graciously and respectfully said, “Don’t worry about it, Mr. Morrow. We know you had a ticket. Just mail it to the railroad when you find it.”
“That’s not what’s troubling me,” replied Morrow. “I need to find it to know where I’m going!”
How many believers in Christ today are just like that when it comes to their spiritual life? They know they’re on a journey to their destination—heaven—but are either unaware about where they’re going or choose to ignore it completely. And at the very root of their belief is a lack of understanding of the promise of heaven.
Now Scripture says that no one has ever seen what God has prepared for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9). But you don’t have to see heaven in order to grasp the promise of a glorious eternity with Jesus Christ.
So if you find yourself acting as a simple passenger on the journey of life with no real hope of heaven, fix your eyes on Jesus, knowing that if you love and trust in Him, you have the glorious promise of heaven to anticipate!
Pray that God would give you a heavenly perspective on life by reminding you of the promise of heaven and reaffirming your faith in Christ as the only way to get there!
Questions for thought
Do you think often about the promise of Heaven? Why or why not?
How can the promise of a future life in Heaven give you hope for today?