THE HOPE OF HEAVEN

B363580F-3735-41D2-8346-9962019174DD-6327-000006C2656B5E03PHILIPPIANS 3:20-21: “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.” (NKJV)

OBSERVATION: Is heaven a reality in my life? Am I eagerly awaiting the return of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Does the hope of the resurrection affect the way I am living each day? Paul’s answer to all of these questions was a resounding – YES! What is the answer to these questions in my life?

It is hard to think of heaven when you are constantly bombarded with the things of this earth. As we go through the day to day struggles of life, to think about heaven seems both distant, and quite honestly, impractical. Yet, when we are faced with the death of a loved one, or a challenge that threatens one’s life, the hope of heaven, the return of Jesus Christ, and the resurrection of the body suddenly become both relevant and close.

I have found at these times, when I reflect upon heaven, the promise of Christ’s return, and hope of the resurrection – there is a great peace that overtakes my heart. We all know that this life is temporary. It is like we are on an extended vacation. We are enjoying our stay, but deep inside of our hearts we know that this is not our home. We have an eternal home that the Lord has prepared for us, and for all those who love Him and look for His appearing. This is our blessed hope!

  • “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 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. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” ‭‭(John‬ ‭14:1-4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

This hope gives us the strength to live our life in courage and confidence, even in the midst of great difficulty and loss. We have a purpose on this earth as we prepare for heaven. Our purpose is to live for the glory of God, and share HIs love with as many people as we can – so they too can discover the hope of heaven, Jesus’ return, and the resurrection! We are called to live each and every day to the glory of God.  

  • “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭10:31‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

Lord, open my eyes and my heart this morning to the hope of heaven! Let me live each day to your glory as I await the return of Jesus Christ! Fill me with strength and courage through the blessed assurance of the resurrection! May my life reflect Your love so that others may see Your goodness and look to Jesus in both faith and hope!

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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