“It becomes us to spend this life only as a journey toward heaven . . . to which we should subordinate all other concerns of life. Why should we labor for or set our hearts on anything else, but that which is our proper end and true happiness.” – Jonathan Edwards
Monday: Philippians 1:21-23 and 2 Corinthians 5:6-8
Do you really think it would be better to be in heaven right now?
What, if anything, prevents you from preferring to be “absent from the body and present with the Lord?”
What are some common misperceptions about heaven?
Tuesday: Colossians 3:1-4
On what are we to set our minds? Why? What leads Paul to make that statement?
What are the “things above” that we are to set our minds on? What difference would that make in your daily living?
Wednesday: Revelation 21 and 22
Make as many observations as you can about the nature of the new heavens and earth. What excites you the most?
Thursday: Isaiah 65:17; 66:22; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1
What does it imply about our future dwelling place if God calls it the “new earth”? How does that contrast with the stereotypical view of a heaven full of harp-playing cloud dwellers?
Friday: Leviticus 25:23; Psalm 39:12; Philippians 3:20-21; Ephesians 2:19-22
Why does God refer to us as pilgrims, aliens, and strangers? How does that change your perspective of life on earth?
If we are strangers and pilgrims on earth, where is our citizenship? Who are our fellow citizens? What are the implications of that?