Our Daily Bread: Heavenly Country
- READ: Hebrews 11:8-16
Our citizenship is in heaven. —Philippians 3:20
During high school, my closest friend and I took a pair of horses out for an
afternoon ride. We slowly roamed through fields of wildflowers and
wooded groves. But when we nosed the horses in the direction of the
barn, they took off toward home like twin rockets. Our equine friends
knew that it was time for dinner and a good brushing, and they could
As Christians, our true home is heaven (Phil. 3:20). Yet sometimes our
desires tether us to the here and now. We enjoy God’s good
gifts—marriage, children, grandchildren, travel, careers, friends. At
the same time, the Bible challenges us to focus on “things above” (Col.
3:1-2). Things above may include the unseen benefits of heaven: God’s
enduring presence (Rev. 22:3-5), unending rest (Heb. 4:9), and an
everlasting inheritance (1 Peter 1:4).
Recently I read, “Believers desire the heavenly inheritance; and the stronger
the faith is, the more fervent [the desire].” Several Old Testament
believers mentioned in Hebrews 11 had strong faith in God that enabled
them to embrace His promises before receiving them (v.13). One such
promise was heaven. If we too put our faith in God, He will give us a
desire for that “heavenly country” (v.16) and will loosen our grip on
this world. —Jennifer Benson Schuldt
When we all get to heaven,
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
We’ll sing and shout the victory. —Hewitt
For the Christian, heaven is spelled H-O-M-E.