Earth vs Heaven

This classroom door to one of our children’s classes at church caught my attention yesterday. It’s a great lesson for the 7-8 year olds, but a good lesson for older people as well!

Paul, who suffered so much during his earthly life, had a great perspective on these things…

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Cor.4:17-18).

Two questions:

1. Why is it difficult to focus more on the Eternal Home and less on the Earthly Home?

2. How could our life be more pleasing to God if we did?

Please share your thoughts below!

3 thoughts on “Earth vs Heaven

  1. The earthly home is easier simply because that is where we are. I think of the saying “out of sight, out of mind”. Heaven is not tangible to us here on earth, it is not something we can perceive with our senses. That is one of the reasons why God reminds us to pray, study and fellowship with other Christians. That is our “tangible” reminder that heaven is our home and not any home we can prepare here on earth.

    When our focus is on heaven, it is easier not to get bogged down with the world around us. We will please God because we will continually be renewing our minds so that we are prepared for our eternal home.

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  2. Looking at things not seen requires faith. I think the stronger our faith the more real spiritual things will be to us. Things like Bible Study, Prayer, Fellowship with others strengthen our faith. Unfortunately our regular meetings are postponed for a while so it is a challenge to fill in that gap. Some have recommended all the online podcasts and live streaming events.

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  3. I agree with Christine. There are so many things in the here and now that require our attention it can be difficult to focus on what the future holds. Remembering God’s promises are true helps. In life so many things are uncertain (we can pay our mortgage on time, but it won’t keep our house from burning down; we can have health insurance but it won’t keep us from getting sick…these are really bad analogies, but it is all I’ve got). In other words in life we have limited control. In God’s hands He has proven He has unlimited control and even in hard times His children with faith, can have peace regardless of what the here and now hands us. Happy

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