Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
You would never watch the previews before a movie and then walk out before the main feature. You would never receive a love letter from your significant other and fall in love with the mailperson who delivered it. You would never have a builder construct you a home only to stay living in an apartment or hotel.
In the same way, God has given us wonderful gifts this side of heaven, previews of the joys that will be ours in heaven. But don’t miss the main feature. There is no joy here that will not be greater with Jesus in heaven. No gift that won’t be greater in the presence of Christ.
I am thankful for my Christian relationships, families and friends who share Jesus with me. I am thankful for the time and support I receive from them, but I should never forget to whom they are pointing me. To think of these relationships as only for this life fails to see the larger joy these relationships bring.
I don’t want to spend all my time dressing up this earthly and temporary home and fail to attain my heavenly home. A home filled with things and a life full of great experiences doesn’t mean much when their time is short compared to my perfect home with God.
Don’t miss the main feature for the preview. Don’t fall in love with the messengers instead of the one whom the message is from. Don’t give so much to your temporary home that you miss your heavenly home.
Instead, “set your hearts on things above, not on earthly things.”
God above, change my focus from what is below to the things in heaven. Lead me to be where Christ now is. Amen.