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Daily Devotional with Pastor Jon

September 23

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above . . .

Colossians 3:1

The only people who are truly happy on earth are those whose hearts are in Heaven.

Peter John came into the kitchen this morning whistling and smiling. ‘Sixteen more days, Dad,’ he said. Sixteen more days until graduation, and he’s through with high school. He sees the finish line. Consequently, it causes him to go through the last couple weeks of school whistling.

I am thoroughly convinced from watching people and studying the Word that the people who are truly content are those who constantly realize that this world is not where it’s at. On the other hand, those who try to find happiness here are perpetually frustrated. The possessions they purchase are never quite what they were supposed to be. The relationships they form are never as satisfying as they thought they would be. The dreams they pursue are never as fulfilling as they hoped they would be. Nothing is ever quite right until we realize, ‘Hey, it’s not here!’

I believe this is why the Lord constantly tells us in the Word to set our hearts on things above. People are bogged down, with stomachs churning, brows furrowing, and hearts breaking because they are taking life on earth far too seriously. When a person finally understands Heaven is where it’s at, he is free to enjoy life. It doesn’t matter where he lives, what he does vocationally, what kind of car he drives, bike he rides, or skates he gets around on. All of that is irrelevant because he sees the finish line — he realizes that graduation is only sixteen days away. Set your heart on things above. It’s a central message not only of Paul’s but also throughout all of Scripture. Live for Heaven, and you’ll enjoy life.

This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Day's Journey" by Pastor Jon. "A Day's Journey" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the New Testament. If you would like your own copy of "A Day's Journey" you can order one from the SearchLight Store.

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