Rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ. 1 Peter 4:13 (NIV) Now why does Peter say, “Rejoice…that you participate in the sufferings of Christ?” Because if you share in his sufferings, you will also share in his glory (4:13). Christ was despised and rejected in this world, but now...
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. Revelation 21:1
Satan’s master strategy is to have people think that what lies ahead will be far less than what we have now. He wants you to believe that life is more if it is in your hands and less if it is in God’s hands. Temptation gains power to the degree that a person believes this.
So if, in your heart, you believe that the life you have now is better than the life you will have in the presence of God in the future, you will be like a person who tries to hold onto sand as it slips through your fingers.
The pundits of pop psychology often talk about “living your best life now.” But living your best life now is only possible for a person who is going to hell. For the person who is going to hell, this life is as good as it is ever going to be.
But if you are a Christian, and you are headed for life in the new heaven and the new earth, how could you possibly live your best life now? Your best life lies ahead of you.
When a couple plans a wedding reception, they go for a tasting. They taste the meal that will be served on the great day. But the tasting is only a sample. It is preparation for the great event toward which the bride and groom are counting the days.
All that you enjoy in this life, and all that you have in Christ in this world, is just a foretaste of the joys that are to come.
Have you been living your life as if the best is now, or as if the best is yet to come?