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Do You Think About Heaven?

Written by Kayla Pugh on

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

Colossians 3:1-2

The last time I thought about heaven, I was sitting in a waiting room. It’s not what it sounds like. My husband was having a routine procedure while I sat in a row of empty chairs. It was early morning, the occasional automatic door beeping open and the shuffle of the staff changing shifts the only sounds. As I watched the indigo sky fade to dawn, the Spirit brought to mind a passage I’d read earlier that week. And I thought about heaven. I was reminded of my finitude–and not for the first time. Waiting rooms have a way of doing that. On that Tuesday morning, I longed after something otherworldly.  

Look To Things Above

To seek the “things that are above” means looking to where Christ is to gain a deeper knowledge of him. What Paul is saying in Colossians 3:1-2 is that if you are a Christian, look to Jesus. Paul gives us an orientation for our hearts and minds and describes how to sustain that direction. Our orientation matters, and persistence is key.

As Matthew Henry puts it, “To seek heavenly things is to set our affections upon them, to love them and let our desires be towards them. Upon the wings of affection, the heart soars upwards and is carried forth towards spiritual and divine objects. We must acquaint ourselves with them, esteem them above all other things, and lay out ourselves in preparation for the enjoyment of them.”[1]

Every aspect of your life is to be surrendered to Christ. (1 Cor. 10:31, Rom. 12:1). We are made for heaven–to be with God–and if you are in Christ, this is what you are to seek above all else. When we seek first the kingdom of God, he will give us everything we need (Matt. 6:33). 

Not On Things of Earth

Here’s the deal: Heaven and earth are opposites. You can’t seek both heaven and earth at the same time. Paul is calling Christians to look to what is eternal (heaven) and look away from what is not (the world). This might sound intuitive to the Christian, but think again. We are born sinners living in a fallen world, and the enemy is the great deceiver. The Devil doesn’t want you thinking about God. If you are in Christ, you will encounter temptations every day. But take heart, you have the Spirit of the living God inside you, and he will help you. (Rom. 8:11). 

So, when was the last time you thought about heaven? Being a Christian is good news because we have hope that there is more to this life. But for those in a hard season, this may not resonate with you. To you, I say with all tenderness, look to Jesus (Heb. 12:1-2). Looking to Jesus while still in the struggle takes effort, but I promise you it’s better than any relief a temporary fix can provide. This hardship is meant to push you to seek Jesus, don’t waste it. Look to Jesus and let him love you (Matt. 11:28-30). As A.W. Tozer said, “Faith is not a once-done act, but a continuous gaze of the heart at the Triune God. Believing, then, is directing the heart’s attention to Jesus.”[2]

The Lord has given me many opportunities to seek him in hardship, much like when I was alone in the waiting room. Fixing my eyes on Jesus instead of my circumstances has given me peace in the trial and produced renewed hope. With effort and the Spirit’s help, I have trained my heart to gaze upward. There are days when I feel eternity in my heart crying out, This is not all there is! There is more to this life! In those moments I pray for Jesus to return and continue fixing my eyes on him (Phil. 3:12-14). One day I will see Jesus in heaven and I will finally be home.

[1] Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Colossians, p. 613
[2] A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God, p. 84.

Kayla Pugh

Kayla serves College Park as the Soul Care Coordinator using her gifts of organization and efficiency. She is passionate about serving in supporting roles so others can use their God given gifts to the fullest. Kayla enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her husband Jordan and their retired racing greyhound and rescue kitten.

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