I can’t wait for heaven. As I learn more about the truths of what’s to come, it’s just really exciting. C.S. Lewis talks about heaven more beautifully than anyone I have ever read. He once said, “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” And we were. Thank God, we were! Even creation waits with eager longing (Romans 8:19). It’s going to be so awesome we can’t even wrap our minds around it.
Building 429’s song “Where I Belong” goes like this: “All I know is I’m not home yet. This is not where I belong. Take this world and give me Jesus, this is not where I belong.”
I have listened, sang along, and nearly cried with joy thinking about a better day to come when I’m home with Jesus. I have sweet reassurance that this world is not my final destination.
But I think what He wants me to know is that this is where I belong…right now. I should always, always, always be looking toward my eternal home. That is what I was created for. I should not forget though, that where He has placed me here and now is where He intends me to be.
I have a purpose here. Exactly where I am geographically, day by day, minute by minute, second by second is where He has placed me in His divine providence. The places I go, the people I come in contact with are all because that is where God desires me to be. I am to be present here.
I love reading about Jesus’ ascension in Acts. He was just lifted up and a cloud took Him out of sight. How cool would it have been to see that? They just sort of stood there looking at heaven until two angels appeared and were like “Why y’all just standing around looking up? He told you what you were to do, and yet here you are.”
Jesus had already told them what they were supposed to do. And the commandment remains the same today. We are to take the Truth to everyone even to the end of the earth.
I worry we aren’t doing as great a job as they were. Jesus hasn’t come back yet, and while we wait in eager expectation, we must continue to do the work He has placed us here to do. As simple as it sounds, we all have a purpose here or else we wouldn’t be here.
Oswald Chambers said, “Many Christians love to talk about the second coming of Christ while billions of people haven’t even heard about His first.” With so many people never having heard or not understanding, we can’t focus our time on just anticipating His coming without actively being His hands and feet. Wherever we are today – in this very second – is where we are meant to serve Him.
Just like Paul said, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). Our life is purposeful. We have a heavenly goal that we are to push toward. We are daily becoming more like Christ. We can’t just stand around looking up at heaven without living out our purpose here.
We have much work to do, let’s do it. But while doing it let’s not EVER forget where we do belong. Not for a second should we lose sight of where our citizenship is.