Loosening Our Grip
There is a tension that exists between living in a sin-wrecked world yet loving life as we know it. Its ultimate expression comes in the attachment we feel to friends, family, and favorite experiences. We actually feel a twinge of nostalgia at the thought of their passing away (and yet feel a bit guilty, knowing that this world is not our home).
Rather than feeling guilty about hoping Christ doesn't return before we see our first grandchild (or whatever else we hold dear in this life), we ought to recognize the tension for what it is: an evidence of the eternity God has set in the heart of every human being (Ecc. 3:11). God made us to love relationships and experiences and to fulfill the desires of our five senses to the fullest—and to do so forever! So it is only natural that we have learned to love and appreciate—and be saddened at the thought of losing—that which touches us deeply in this life. We must take the enjoyment we have found in our present world as an indication of the enjoyment that awaits us in the new world God is preparing for us.
In truth, we have learned to love and enjoy “the old order of things” because it’s all we have ever known. Family Christmas celebrations, anniversary getaways, a baby’s first steps and words, the graduation of a child from college, the satisfaction of a fulfilling vocation—it’s hard to imagine that these deeply meaningful and touching parts of life are actually the “old order.” But they are. And the amazing thing is that the old order of things, enjoyable as it is, falls so far short of what God created us to experience that he is going to create a whole new heaven and earth for us to live in. It is going to be so pure (no one alive today has ever experienced anything completely pure) that God himself is going to live with us.
So enjoy life today to the fullest, with thanksgiving—just remember that the best is yet to come. If you've grown attached to “the old order of things,” start loosening your grip. God is preparing something better for you.
God’s Promise to You: “My new world will touch you in ways that the old never has.”