Robert Jeffress Says the Problem With Christians is That We Think Too Little About Heaven

Pastor Robert Jeffress in front of the baptistry at First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. (PHOTO: COURTESY OF FIRST BAPTIST DALLAS)
Pastor Robert Jeffress in front of the baptistry at First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. (PHOTO: COURTESY OF FIRST BAPTIST DALLAS)

by Robert Jeffress

One of the questions I’ve been asked most frequently about my new book, A Place Called Heaven, is why we should even be thinking about Heaven with all of the current events unfolding before our eyes. As this world is increasingly engulfed in political chaos and international conflict, we increasingly long for a better place.

But beyond offering encouragement, thinking about Heaven actually makes us more effective here on Earth. You have probably heard the trite adage about people who are “so heavenly minded they are of no earthly good.” Frankly, I’ve never met a Christian who thinks too much about Heaven.

Our problem is, we think too little about Heaven. As C.S. Lewis observed, “If you read history, you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next.”

There are four reasons why we should think about and learn about that “place called Heaven.”

Focusing on Heaven reminds us of the brevity of life.

While most people live as if they’re never going to die, it is still true, as George Bernard Shaw famously quipped, “The statistics on death are impressive. One out of every one dies.” And after this comes eternity — somewhere. The decisions we make in life set our eternal destinies. Like the psalmist in ‘The Prayer of Moses’, we must ask God to “teach us to number our days” (Psalm 90:12). This knowledge creates a heart of wisdom which will spur us to action on earth.

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SOURCE: Christian Post

Dr. Robert Jeffress is a best-selling author of 24 books, a nationally and internationally syndicated TV and radio host and the senior pastor of First Baptist Church Dallas, one of the largest and most influential churches in America. Pathway to Victory, Dr. Jeffress’ broadcast ministry, airs daily nationwide on more than 900 radio stations and is broadcast live to 195 countries. His newest book, A Place Called Heaven: 10 Surprising Truths About Your Eternal Home, will release September 2017. Dr. Jeffress serves on President Trump’s Faith Advisory Council.