Ever increasingly the Christian message is being sold as something that it is not. The message is: “Become a Christian and get a Ferrari! Give your life over to Christ and He will give you everything. He will set you free from money, by giving you all you desire. Jesus’ plan for you is to be rich. For you to be happy, healthy and wealthy.”  Let me assure you that the son of God did not subject himself to death on a cross in order for you to have a warm bed tonight. He has much bigger plans than that. This is not the true gospel. Perhaps Philippians 1:20 is a more accurate reflection of the life of a Christian. “For it has been granted to you not only to believe in Christ but also to suffer for him…”

This false gospel resonates with our Human desire for satisfaction. And our desire to not endure the current trial no matter what reward is on offer. I often ask my recently married friends if it was ‘worth the wait’. They all say that it is… In fact I recently asked a mate who had endured a long period of “perusing”, if the joy of dating this girl was worth the pain of the “pursuit”. He too suggested that it was, if you were wondering.
For those not in the know, a life following Christ is not necessarily an easy one. At least nowhere as luxurious as the one detailed above. The church appears to be in a constant state of conflict and division. Whenever you speak to a friend about their porn addiction you either get accused of being a Pharisee or of having missed the plank in your own eye. You cannot even mention 1 Tim 2 (aka the passage that must not be named) in public without a bullet proof vest on. And good luck trying to suggest that Genesis and the theory of evolution ought not conflict. As you can see, Christianity does not equal earthly prosperity. And for this reason many Christians (if not all) struggle with their faith.
When presented with catastrophic cyclones, simultaneous flooding and bushfires (only in Australia) Christians everywhere start to wonder, is it worth the wait? And if by chance a cute young girl (or guy) pinches your rump out on the dance floor, again we find ourselves asking the same question. Is it worth the wait?
It is a perfectly sensible question to ask, for we have not yet tasted the heavenly banquets and felt the all surpassing joy of seeing our saviour face to face. 
There is some doubt in the joy of marriage. Everyone who has been on a wedding party will attest that even the most in love bride or groom will undoubtedly doubt come wedding day. I think for two reasons; maybe she wont show up and maybe it wont be worth it. We feel the same way about heaven some times. But for us who believe there need not be any doubt. We have a secure hope, for Christ has already secured our eternal home for us. There are no hidden fees or charges. The debt has been paid in full. And we are being welcomed in the front door. And if you think, ‘maybe it isn’t worth it? Isn’t heaven going to be just a bunch of people floating around on clouds in white togas singing songs for the rest of eternity?’ Hear these precious words. “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist, and the sea existed no more. And I saw the holy city — the new Jerusalem — descending out of heaven from God, made ready like a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Look! The residence of God is among human beings. He will live among them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist any more — or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist.” And the one seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new!” He also said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water free of charge from the spring of the water of life.”

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