February 27, 2006

Heaven on Earth

Revelation 21:1-5

I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God ... Revelation 21:2


Have you ever taken a drive in the country and followed the rule "left, right, straight ahead"? It's simple enough. At the first intersection, turn left. At the second, turn right. At the third, go straight ahead. If you keep following this simple formula, you'll discover new places and enjoy a pleasant afternoon meandering through the countryside. You'll also find yourself traveling with no real destination in mind. That's a fine plan for a Saturday-afternoon drive. But many people today play the same game when it comes to everyday life. People make random decisions about life with no ultimate destination in mind. The moral principles they live by are constantly shifting. And the confusion that results leads to spiritual and emotional exhaustion. Christian wayfarers know that the goal of life's journey is nothing less than heaven on earth. The grand story that begins in a garden ends in a magnificent city where God and his people enjoy the perfect fellowship God intended from the start. Here "there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain." In Christ, all things will be made right again--forever! Wise travelers remember their final destination, lest they stray too far off the main road. It makes sense for us to do the same throughout our journey with Christ.

Lord, thank you that even now we taste heaven's joys as we move toward the day when we'll live with you forever. Remind us that our destiny with you is sure. Amen.

About the author — Bob Heerspink

Dr. Robert Heerspink was director of Back to God Ministries International from 2006 until 2011, when he passed away. He had previously pastored several Christian Reformed churches. Bob loved to write and was a frequent contributor to the Today devotional.

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