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Press on Toward the Goal

Three boys were playing in a wading pool.  Their father kept saying, “Come on boys, let’s go across the street.”  Those boys should have listened to their father, because they were across the street from the ocean!

If this world is a wading pool, heaven is an ocean by comparison, and our heavenly Father doesn’t want us to miss out on it.  All the good things we’ve ever known here are just shadows of the reality waiting there.

Isaiah says that when we see the new heavens and earth, we’ll forget all about what we left behind.  "For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind.” (Isaiah 65:17)

In The Last Battle, C.S. Lewis describes what it must be like to finally reach heaven like this:  “This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now.  The reason why we loved the old world was that it sometimes looked a little like this.”

Hell is the absence of hope.  Heaven is the fulfillment and exceeding of every good hope.  The good things of this world are just a preview.  Heaven is the feature presentation.  So, let’s make getting there a priority.

Let’s make getting to heaven our single-minded focus, like Paul did.  “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)

Let’s lay aside every hindrance and press on toward the goal.  Heaven will surely be worth it all.

-Paul

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