Pastor Kevin Reed
Grace Evangelical Free Church
4714 13 Mile Road, Rockford
John 14:1-3:“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am going.”
We believe that heaven is real, and we would probably even agree that we can’t wait to get there, but if asked the question, “How often have you thought about heaven this week?” most of us, if honest, would probably have to admit that we have been so focused on this life that we’ve had little time to meditate on the next. We are so busy that every spare second is filled with something. From work, to taking care of children, to running our children everywhere they need to be, to paying bills, to helping with homework, to fixing all the stuff the children break, and so on and so on, we are busy, and most of the time the things we are busy with aren’t necessarily bad. As a matter of fact, quite often they are necessary. And so we find ourselves so focused on taking care of the responsibilities we have in this world that we fail to ever take time to pull away and focus on the next.
We need perspective if we are going to make it through this world. It’s easy for all the stuff we go through and have to deal with in this world to cause our “hearts to be troubled,” and the only remedy for a troubled heart is to remember the hope and inheritance that awaits us in heaven. C.S Lewis wrote, “If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”
This is crucial to our walk with Jesus. We can’t become bogged down with the things of this world and live effectively for His glory. He knew that, and that is why He encourages his disciples to remember what is awaiting them. It’s the remedy for a troubled heart, it’s the medicine for a worn out body, it’s the perspective that each of us desperately need. Don’t focus so much on this world; instead keep an eternal perspective.