By Amy Wootton
I asked all three of my daughters (ages 7, 5, and 2) what they thought heaven would be like. Their answers were much to be expected from a bunch of princess-loving little girls. Lots of sparkles, jewels, golden houses, pearl gates and rainbows! Heaven is going to be that and a million times more. We cannot even comprehend how amazing it will be! Can you even imagine? No more pain, no fear, no worry, no sickness, nothing bad at all! And the best part of it all is heaven will be our home!
But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.
Citizens of heaven. We have all read it before that as believers we are citizens of heaven, but do we live our lives as citizens of heaven? Do we raise our babies with an expectation and excitement for heaven? Do we teach our children what the Bible says, that this world is not our home and we are not supposed to love it? As families, do we pursue the things that actually matter, the currency of heaven? Heaven is real and heaven is coming!
I remember when my husband and I bought the house we are living in now. Before we moved in, I would constantly be thinking and planning and daydreaming about what I was going to do and where I would put things. I was excited for the freshness of a new space. I think all women do this. The home is a special place to us (hence our love for all things Homegoods, Pinterest and Target!) and so we put time, effort, and money into it. Heaven, which is our permanent home, is so much more special. As wives, mothers, and grandmothers, we should be planning, putting in the time, the effort, and the money to prepare for what it is to come, our real home.
We don’t think about heaven enough. We sure don’t talk about heaven enough. And we don’t live for heaven enough. I think enough is enough. We should stir up our souls and teach our children about how brilliant, how big, how perfect and how glorious heaven will be!
My sweet grandma Hart was such a great example of this. She was a mighty women of God. She lived her life for heaven. A wife and mother of four, she and my grandfather had a dairy farm in Wisconsin. She was an average hard working farmer’s wife, but boy did she love Jesus! She was always in church. She was the Sunday school superintendent. She would head up the VBS, spending her Saturdays with my mom in tow going around witnessing and inviting people to church. She was in charge of the youth group, fostered 3-4 juvenile delinquents, and started a Bible study which she taught till she was in her 80s. She was the food pantry lady and would help feed the community. She was a prayer warrior and a supporter of missions, even though she never had a lot of money. She took care of the sick and was always looking for opportunities to share Christ. She raised all four of her children to know Jesus, and they are all serving Him to this day. She gave her life for the gospel. A true world changer.
I would go visit her and she would ask me to play the old hymn, “I’ve Got a Mansion” on the piano. She loved to worship Jesus. My grandma lived for her real home. I know when she walked into heaven seven years ago that Jesus looked at her with a big smile and said, “Mary, Mary, Well done!!” I bet my grandma ran into His arms and with the laugh that we all grew to love, squeezed Jesus so tightly and worshiped Him!
As mothers, with all of our lists and jobs we can get sidetracked from the fact that this is not our home. We can get so caught up in our everyday that we miss the real goal in life. I am guilty of this. In a pursuit to do it all, we lose sight of what it’s all about. Jesus. Heaven. Winning souls. Living a life that points to Christ.
In a pursuit to do it all, we lose sight of what it’s all about.
My grandma lived for heaven. She was never famous, never rich, and wouldn’t be called successful in the world’s eyes, but she was a world changer.
Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
Heaven is real! Heaven is coming! Let us raise our families to live on purpose for our real home!
Amy is married to Jared Wootton. They have two precious little ladies, Gable Claire and Layla. Jared is a talented chiropractor in Cordova TN, and Amy stays home with the girls. Together, they are a part of the worship team at their local church. Amy absolutely loves to teach the Word of God with simplicity and conviction. As a mom, she is serious about pouring the Truth into her children, and also throwing some manners in there as well. Amy’s desire is that her children will follow after the Lord wholeheartedly, and that God uses her to impact this world for His Kingdom!