"But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control…”Philippians 3:20-21a
I’ve tried to understand the appeal of many reality TV shows. They supposedly give us a glimpse into someone else’s “actual” home life. Do they really? Even when they are not scripted and staged, I struggle to find the hope or meaningful truth in this selective reality.
However, there is a vision of another reality that holds out both hope and wonder for me, and that is of my true home in heaven. I caught a glimpse of it in the passing of a dear Christian brother this week, knowing that heaven’s joys are now his present reality. I see a sneak peek into my future family life when I view church siblings, unscripted and unstaged, sacrificially caring for each other with the love of Christ. I experience the preview for heaven’s choir when I raise my voice with others in hymns that lift Jesus high.
“I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find until after death… I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and help others to do the same” (C.S. Lewis).
Helping others to glimpse their future reality in heaven is the gift of true hope we can hold out to one another here and now.