We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.
A little boy who was out flying his kite let it rise higher and higher until it could no longer be seen. A man walked by and noticed the string in the boy’s hand. Looking up at the sky he said, “I can’t even see your kite. How do you know it’s still there?”
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“Because,” the boy replied, “I can feel its tug.”
As Christians, we can feel the tug of Heaven. We have a longing for something that Earth never can deliver. We know that ultimately, only Heaven can. The great moments on Earth are just pale imitations of greater things to come. We were created for something more—much more.
Augustine said of God, “Thou has made us for Thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless till they rest in Thee.”
Because of this homesickness for Heaven, we see this world—its culture and way of thinking—for what it is. The Bible says, “For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world” (1 John 2:16 NLT).
Jim Reeves had it right when he sang, “This world is not my home. I’m just a-passin’ through.” That’s true. We’re just passing through. As 1 Chronicles 29:15 says, “We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace” (NLT).
We are built for another place. Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2 NKJV). As Christians, we need to remember that we’re going to a real place. Heaven is a prepared place for prepared people. Are you prepared?