Worldliness Part 10 – “The one who dies with the most stuff wins.” So what?

Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
From: Psalm 106 – Worldliness Part 10

Thought about Heaven much lately? I wish you would. No, I don’t have a book to
sell about it. I have no special insight to share regarding it. But one thing is for
certain, in 21st Century American Christianity – Heaven is on the back burner.
Way back. All around us, preaching and teaching have taken on much more the
tone of therapy and advice because all we want to know is how to make our
here and now the kind of life we want – here and now. And to even suggest to
some undergoing difficulty that the present circumstances may not improve, that
their husband or wife may not love them the way they want them to, that their
children may not behave as they would prefer, that their job or profession or
social or economic status may not achieve a satisfying maximum is almost
heresy. Yes, by God’s grace, as the Word of God instructs us and the Spirit
enables us, our lives do take on radically new blessings. Our God is good and
gracious even in this sin-cursed present world. But in fact, while it is very true
that YOU will be a better person living this life – this life itself may actually
become more difficult. But that kind of witness, or martyrdom isn’t very popular
today. The “sword” that Jesus spoke of in Matt. 10:34-42 may well become more
the norm in your relationships than the peace we most naturally desire. As
Gal.1:4 tells us, Jesus “gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present
evil age”, not to make this present evil age our delight. But just like Israel in
Psalm 106, many of us too have “despised the pleasant land.” In other words,
we have looked at Heaven, our inheritance, and the fulfillment of God’s
promises to us there, and treated that reward lightly – in comparison to what we
lust and long for here and now. Worldliness centers its desires on now. On here.
On this world. While relegating the hope of the resurrection to little more than a
pleasant myth. Thus it has no power to wean us away from sin and foolishness.
Worldliness wants more of this fallen world and age, just in a way we can enjoy
it more fully, and without guilt – rather than to “set your hope fully on the grace
that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Pet. 1:13).
Where’s your hope? In your life here? Or Heaven?


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