“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth;
for the first heaven and the first earth passed away,
and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city,
new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying,
‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is among the people,
and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people,
and God Himself will be among them,
and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes;
and there will no longer be any death;
there will no longer be any mourning,
or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.’”
Revelation 21:1-4 (NIV)
Most parents know what their young children would start asking after 5 minutes into a several hour journey. “Are we there yet?” Somehow the notion they were truly en route to their destination was not enough. They wanted to be there now!
Sometimes, as believers, we want to get to heaven NOW! We become weary of the journey because of the many obstacles in our way. It may be health concerns, nagging financial issues, or so many of our loved ones have already made the trip to heaven before us. Whatever the reason we have a great longing to be “absent from the body and present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).
We cannot blame anyone who longs for heaven now. It is like someone wanting to trade a pedal car for a Rolls Royce. Who would not find such a swap wonderful??!!
However, if the Lord leaves us here after we ask for a transfer to Immanuel’s land we need to make ourselves busy following the Good Shepherd until we hear our name called from heaven and we find ourselves home at last.
So, my friend, look for any possible opportunity to exalt the Lord of glory right now. Imitate Him in all you do. Speak words of grace as He does. Think His thoughts after Him. Love as He loves. Proverbs 3:6 (NIV) tells us the following:
“in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight”
The closer we walk to the Saviour the more of heaven we will know in this life. Never lose heart for you will soon enough see glory just as Stephen did the day he became the first martyr in the New Testament church. The busier we are for the Saviour the quicker time will fly by and our turn will come to shout, “Home at last!”
The King there in His beauty, without a veil is seen:
It were a well spent journey, though seven deaths lay between:
The Lamb with His fair army, doth on Mount Zion stand,
And glory–glory dwelleth in Immanuel’s land.