For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20
The believer in Christ belongs to another unseen world. The more he reads of his true home, the more he fervently longs to experience it. Not just as a place to find refuge, away from the dangers, hurts, and disappointments of this seen world — that would be escapism. But he longs to live in the here and now in the way he was created to live.
We live in a dual existence. Our true life is unseen, hidden with Christ, in God (Colossians 3:1-4) For this reason, we are exhorted to seek, to set our minds on the things above, rather than on the things we can see on earth.
The writer of Hebrews complimented believers in the Messiah for their example of homeward-looking. All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. Hebrews 11:13
The lens though which we see life thoroughly colors our thinking, and this affects the way we live. It determines what we value and what we seek in life, what we trade our precious time to do in the few, short years we have been given. This is why the subject of our gaze is so important. John said it had a purifying effect on our lives.
We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 1 John 3:2-3
Father God, I love you. Help me to see myself as alive from the dead, rescued from the eternal death I deserve by Your unmerited grace. Let me be motivated to love the things You love, to hate the things You hate. Let me spend my time thinking, saying, and doing the things that are part of Your eternal Kingdom values. Let me walk to Your drumbeat. Use me to make a difference in the world around me.