I heard a saying many years ago–“Don’t be so Heavenly minded that you’re no earthly good.” I don’t know where or when I heard this. It was brought to my mind by the Holy Spirit recently.
It should be hardly surprising that I’m thinking a lot about Heaven these days–wondering what it will be like. Life on Earth has turned upside-down. Who would have thought just a year ago that we would be wearing face masks, social distancing, experiencing lock downs, and have wide-spread virtual learning? Who would have thought just a year ago that we would be facing destruction of our communities from rioting. Who would have thought we would have communities defund their police departments? Who would have thought a year ago our economy would be in a mess? It boggles the mind.
I’m longing to go home.
“For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live.” (Philippians 1: 21-24 NLT)
I have to keep reminding myself that I am here for a purpose. I have to keep working and fulfilling God’s purpose for me while I’m here. I’m certainly not as influential as Paul was, but what little I can do for Christ’s kingdom while I’m here I need to do. I can’t just sit around and wait for the Rapture. God is waiting for a reason. What do I need to do for God?
So I will plan to keep working while keeping an eye on the sky and yearning for Heaven. When I get there, and I see Jesus Christ face-to-face, I want to hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”