I always enjoy preaching, researching and sharing about what our future home will look like. It is exciting and eye opening. It encourages me to draw nearer to Jesus and increases my desire to want to do so. Perhaps that is because through his Word, I am able to gain a better understanding of what I can look forward to, which makes the reality of heaven seem just a little more real. You see, over my years in ministry I have come to realize that my desires are a result of my beliefs. That is a common truth for everyone. For instance, a salesman wouldn’t go to work every day unless he believed he could sell something. A farmer wouldn’t plant a seed unless he believed that it would grow… well, you get the point. Our desires are a result of our belief.
When you incorporate that truth into your faith and relationship with God, it is a game-changer. For instance, my actions impact my relationship with my wife. In the same way, my actions impact my relationship with God. Worship impacts my relationship, prayer impacts my relationship, devotional time impacts my relationship, obedience impacts my relationship, repentance impacts my relationship, etc. The list goes on. Knowing that our actions impact our relationships, and actions are an extension of our desires which are a result of our beliefs, knowing something about where we are going is a huge motivator…at least for me. You see, if heaven is just a six-letter word that sounds better than hell, can I really have an appreciation and desire to overcome and arrive?
In the movie Tomorrowland, whenever Casey Newton touches a lapel pin with the letter T on it, she finds herself transported to Tomorrowland, a city filled with huge robots and sleek buildings. The gifted young woman recruits the help of scientist Frank Walker, a previous visitor to Tomorrowland, who years ago made a startling discovery about the future. Together, the two adventurers travel to the metropolis to uncover its mysterious secrets.
In this city, nobody ages, they live forever, and this future place dictates the future of the people of earth… it is a place of hope (although misguided) and the people of earth that find out about it long to be a part of it because it looks so much more wonderful than what they have settled for.
Many Christians are doing the same thing today. They have settled for what is here now, rather than looking toward what is ahead and living with the mindset of what is to come. In the case of a true Christian, it is heaven. In the case of a dreamer, it is Tomorrowland. Without knowing where you’re going and the beautiful reality of the unrealized blessings we have in the Father, we will not be properly motivated to live kingdom minded.