“We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing.”
2 Corinthians 5:2 NLT
I bet you have heard something described as “heaven on earth”? Usually that phrase is used when someone’s talking about an exotic vacation destination or a cozy hometown. Most people have some very specific ideas about what heaven on earth is for them.
In reality, though, heaven and earth are two very different places. Heaven is our homeland, the place of our citizenship. The other is earth. No, that’s not a mistake. That’s reality for believers. Earth is not our home.
In 1 Peter 2:11, Peter describes us as “foreigners and exiles” in this world. In Romans 12:2, Paul urges us to hang on to our outsider status and warns, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world”. In other words, we should not make ourselves too comfortable here because we are only passing through. Our lives will not be complete until we enter heaven.
Folks, this allows us to look at the bad things in this world from a temporary point of view. Pain is temporary. Suffering is temporary. This may not make our misery go away, but, it does help a little to know it won’t last forever.