Eternal Perspectives

When a Christian realizes his citizenship is in heaven, he begins acting as a responsible citizen of earth. He invests wisely in relationships because he knows they’re eternal. His conversations, goals, and motives become pure and honest because he realizes these will have a bearing on everlasting reward. He gives generously of time, money, and talent because he’s laying up treasure for eternity. He spreads the good news of Christ because he longs to fill heaven’s ranks with his friends and neighbors. All this serves the pilgrim well not only in heaven, but on earth; for it serves everyone around him.

~ Joni Eareckson Tada ~

[Heaven: Your Real Home]

Eternal Perspectives

Discipleship training that lacks a clear view of preparation for eternity has little more than a “buck up and do good for Jesus” feel to it. The fact that we already belong to heaven and that our lives on earth are a pilgrimage toward heaven is rarely, if ever, taught. Yet that is what adds weight, meaning, and motivation to the process of sanctification. It is the reason Scripture calls us to “set [our] minds on things above” (Colossians 3:2).

~ Joseph Stowell ~

[Eternity]

Eternal Perspectives

As long as people were taught the idea . . . that our true home is elsewhere, there was a certain satisfaction in the answer itself. For centuries, the idea that this world is not, by itself, our home—emotionally, spiritually, or even socially—was a compelling idea because it was enormously convincing. It unlocked a secret about human existence that seemed to fit what everyone already sensed about human suffering, human aspiration, and the desire to express life in self-giving love. Neither the flame of persecution nor the ever-present danger of disease or war could extinguish this new lease on life. . . .

Poverty was still painful but not hopeless. Illness might end in death, but death was not the absolute end. Life took on a creative and vibrant energy because it was harnessed to an overall purpose.

~ A. J. Conyers ~

[The Eclipse of Heaven]

Eternal Perspectives

Discipleship training that lacks a clear view of preparation for eternity has little more than a “buck up and do good for Jesus” feel to it. The fact that we already belong to heaven and that our lives on earth are a pilgrimage toward heaven is rarely, if ever, taught. Yet that is what adds weight, meaning, and motivation to the process of sanctification. It is the reason Scripture calls us to “set [our] minds on things above” (Colossians 3:2).

~ Joseph Stowell ~

[Eternity]

Eternal Perspectives

Our resurrection, the redemption of our bodies, will bring deliverance not only to us but also to the rest of creation, which has been groaning in its suffering. This seems to indicate that on the New Earth, after mankind’s resurrection, animals who once suffered on the old Earth will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.

~ Randy Alcorn ~
[Heaven]

Eternal Perspectives

Every dog, cat, bird, horse, dolphin—or any other creature—was actually thoughtfully designed, purposefully planned, and uniquely created by the very same One who ultimately gave His life on a splintery cross! In other words, all animals are really Jesus Christ’s animals. He made them, He loves them, and they’re His pets, too. “For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills, I know all the birds of the mountains, And the wild beasts of the field are Mine” (Psalm 50:10, 11, italics added).

~ Steve Wohlberg ~

[Will My Pet Go to Heaven?]