A Christian’s Future
The best of all hopes – the best of all futuristic possibilities – is to be with Christ in person. No more waiting on this side of heaven. It’s the future where every joy is fulfilled in God Himself. No more sorrows, and fears, and pain.
I dream of this future. I dream of the new heaven and the new earth promised by God. I dream of being perfectly healed of all ailments. No more struggling in the flesh. No more weaknesses. No more fear.
For us there would be friendships from all of history and from every nation. We would meet our extremely large family in the Lord. There will be lots of laughter. There will be so much love. We will get to see God, and know Him in a way we could never know Him now. We will get to worship Him perfectly.
He’s planned so much good for us with Him: every beautiful, Godly, imaginable thing and better. We would see one another for who we truly are. No more wrong judgements. No more suspicion, or hurt or anger.
There won’t be a need for a temple because God Himself will dwell with us. No more darkness, no more sadness. No more dying or death or violence.
I believe we’ll have gifts we can use. We’ll do so much more than we could do now. We’ll still be loving and serving. We’ll be so Christ-like in our character. And God will be pleased with us. No more fear of wrath or punishment.
We’ll see our loved ones who died in the Lord. We’ll meet those believers who went ahead of us. We’ll meet people who secretly showed kindness towards us. We’ll meet those who we never knew were praying for us. And people will meet us too.
O Lord God, sometimes I wish life here were easy. I wish there weren’t great troubles. I wish You’d come quickly. I wish terrible things didn’t happen. I look forward to Your salvation.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1, 2 NIV)
I am encouraged when I face the temporary troubles of this world that there is an eternal home waiting for me, which Christ Jesus has prepared. My only hope is that He keeps me. Our only hope is that He keeps us. We must look to Him and Him alone. And while we are here, we must love Him with all our being, and we must love our neighbors that we can see and relate with. We must choose obedience towards our God who has shown us tremendous grace. We must wait in hope because Christ has given us a hope we can be sure of.
“Here is a trustworthy saying: if we died with Him, we will also live with Him; if we endure, we will also reign with Him. If we disown Him, He will also disown us; if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.” (2 Timothy 2:11-13 NIV)
“To Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.” (Jude 1:24, 25 NIV)
Amen, amen! Come Lord Jesus!