Hebrews 13: Heaven Is Home
Part of Hebrews 13 reminds me of being on vacation. Think about the last time you were on vacation. You are obviously still yourself, but you feel entirely different because your routine is thrown off. There is something almost uncomfortable about being on vacation because we are so conditioned to have a general routine. I know that when I am on vacation, there are some mornings I wake up and feel like I should be going to work because that is where I am supposed to be. I am so conditioned to be there.
I feel like this is somewhat similar to the way that we as Christians feel. If we are following Jesus Christ, we know where our eternal home is. We know what the routine is going to be. We know we are destined for heaven, but right now we are on “vacation” here on earth.
Heb 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
Heb 13:14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
We’re still ourselves while we are here on earth, but we recognize that this is not our eternal home. Just like vacation from work does not last forever, our time on earth will not last forever. That ought to make us pretty excited. If we are followers of Jesus Christ, we are going to recognize the fulfillment of that desire for heaven, and we are going to spend an eternity with Him.
Heaven has stood out as an important theme for me lately, and I think it is one that we don’t talk about enough. There are plenty of good things to do here on earth, and Christians certainly should be doing good deeds and helping all of those around us. We want to bring glory to God while we are here on earth. Therefore, it is not like our time on earth is a waste or anything like that.
However, we want to make sure that our perspective involves heaven. It involves the recognition of the reality of an eternity spent in the presence of God. If that doesn’t give you hope, there is literally no hope for you.