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“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” – Revelation 22:20
“And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” – Romans 8:23-25
A properly biblical perspective is one that operates with eternity in mind. Praying for the quick return of Christ and the redemption and glorification of our bodies is time well spent. It has become fashionable lately to complain that those who look towards Heaven too often undercut the work of the Kingdom here on earth. Nothing could be further from the truth. Peter instructed us to always be ready to give a reason for the hope that we have (I Peter 3:15), and to give a reason we must first have a hope. The longing for Heaven is a longing to be with Christ and to be set free from all sin. Such a thing is a desire worth having and a focus worth cultivating. In order to live rightly for those here on earth, we must live with the glory that awaits us prominently in mind.