"Do not let your hearts be troubled." Jesus' words of comfort in John 14 are quickly followed by the reason we can have peace and hope - He is going to prepare a place for us and will come back to take us there to be with Him forever. I don't know about you but I want the hope of heaven and seeing Jesus' face to form my heart and be an ever-present reality in the midst of my day to day struggles.
I wrote the following in my book, Embraced: Becoming Who You Are in Christ
What hope and freedom is ours in the awareness that this world is not our home, that we are just pilgrims passing through! I think past generations had a better grasp on our transition from this life to the next. They spoke about Christ's return and what awaited them in heaven more often and with more anticipation than we do. Maybe it was because their lives were much more difficult, their life spans were shorter and death was a more accepted event. They didn't expect the life of ease and material comfort that most of us have come to expect. Instead they found their comfort in the truth of Jesus' promised return in the face of life's brevity on earth.
Hymn writers would often write the last verse about their longing for heaven. Here are a few examples:
“My Jesus, I Love Thee”
In mansions of glory and endless delight, I’ll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright; I'll sing with the glittering crown on my brow;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise Than when we’d first begun.
“Jesus Paid it All”
And when before the throne I stand in Him complete Jesus died my soul to save My lips shall still repeat--Jesus Paid it all.
When we stand before the throne of God, we will be complete! On that day we will sing of our love for God and bow before Him. Our earthly lives will finally make sense because we will fully know who we are and all God intended us to be. Our greatest hopes will be fulfilled as we finally become all God created us to be, eternally embraced, loved and accepted by God. We will have become all that we are in Christ! Hallelujah!