The Inconsolable Longing


Deep inside, we all long for a place we have never been.

We have all experienced those very special moments. The brilliant sunset you watched. A special moment with someone you loved. That incredible place you may have visited.

You thought to yourself, “I wish it could always be this way.” But it isn’t, is it?

Life is filled with sorrows, challenges, trials, and temptations. But it also has it’s many joys. I suggest those joys, even at their highest and purest, are just a foretaste of something far greater to come.

I think the thing we begin to realize, especially when you put your faith in Christ, is that you were really made for another world. As the old song says, “This world is not my home, I’m a just a passin’ through...”

And that is true. The Bible says of our lives on earth, “We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a shadow, gone so soon without a trace”  (1 Chronicles 29:15 NLT).

Heaven is our real home, not earth

Do you want to know why that is? It’s because your citizenship is in a different place altogether.

When you have put your faith in Christ, you become a citizen of heaven, because that is your real home, not earth. And this longing we have deep inside of us is for something earth can never deliver on, only heaven.

That is why we will always be a bit “out of tune” with this world and all it celebrates. Even more, those things can just leave us cold. Because we as followers of Jesus know there is something more. Much more.

Deep inside, we all long for this place we have never been. C.S. Lewis called it “the inconsolable longing,” writing:

There have been times when I think we do not desire heaven, but more often I find myself wondering whether in our heart of hearts, we have ever desired anything else.... It is the secret signature of each soul, the incommunicable and unappeasable want, the thing we desired before we met our wives or made our friends or chose our work, and which we shall still desire on our deathbeds when the mind no longer knows wife or friend or work.

So well said.

I have quite a few family members and friends who are in heaven right now. Of course, you know my son Christopher is there now, as well.

I have a lot of investment in heaven, as do some of you. And of course, I am going there someday too. So I have been studying heaven quite a bit lately.

Let’s talk about heaven!

I am going to speak on the topic of heaven this Sunday morning at Harvest. I want to deal with some questions and issues like:

  • “What is heaven like?”
  • “Will we know one another there?”
  • “What will our new bodies be like?”
  • “Do people in heaven know what is going on on earth?”
  • “How should the hope of heaven affect us while we live on earth?”

It’s often been said, “They are so heavenly-minded, they are no earthly good!” That has to be one of the most idiotic things a person could possibly say.

I think the problem is far more often, “They are so earthly-minded that they are no heavenly good!” So let’s all get more heavenly-minded!


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