Sometimes life is straight up hard. Can anyone else attest to that?
World wide disasters like the earthquake in Haiti, big tough life choices, family issues, relationship struggles, health problems, personal insecurities….. all of the above. We all deal with it.
Some days, the only thing that gets me by is simply knowing:
THIS is the worst it’s going to get.
Yeah. That’s right. For those who have a relationship with Jesus, this earth… this world that has mistakenly been called our “home” isn’t our home at all. Heaven is. In that case, it’s okay to feel completely out of place here. Our hope is being in heaven with the one who created us and who anxiously awaits our eternity spent with Him there.
Revelation 21:4 says that in heaven, “(God) will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
This sounds UNREAL. No pain? No suffering? It’s so hard to even imagine!
It’s funny how a lot of times people talk about reality as in what’s here on earth and what we’re going through, when the truth is… that’s not really reality at all. Reality is rather what we don’t see.
C.S. Lewis puts it, “If you read history you will find that the Christians who did the most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”
SO true. When heaven is on the forefront on my mind… it changes everything. I’m suddenly not so caught up in the “now” and other superficial things that really have no significance at all. I’m not only comforted by knowing there really IS more to life than this, I’m inspired to make the most of my days on earth so that they will have eternal value.
Do you ever have those moments when you look around wherever you are and ask… “… Is this it? Is this really all there is in life?”
I think that moment of questioning is crucial for all of us. It shakes us to realize there really is more than the lame moment we may be in and bids the challenge… Go find what it is.
When I think about heaven, I love dreaming about how it’s described in Chapter 21 of Revelation: “The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone.” (including jasper, sapphire, emeralds and so many more!) “The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.”
Wow. And that’s not a scene from Avatar. That’s reality. That’s the future for those who know Jesus.
Maybe you’re a Christian and you just need to be reminded where your true home is. Take heart, this life and it’s troubles are the worst it’s going to get for you.
Maybe you’re not a Christian and are just on the fence about God and all that “religious stuff”. That’s cool. However, let me warn you… Without Christ, this life IS the best it’s going to get. If you want more than the superficial, go find it. Wrestle with God and ask Him every question you have. He’s big enough to handle it.
Who knows. You just might find this world isn’t really… it.