Our world does not believe in the Christian message, or in a biblically shaped hope of heaven and so this mantra actually is what many are trying to do, live out their lives day by day… till they die.
But how many of us have thought what if the Christian message is a lie. What have you given up for Christ – time, money, opportunity for success and so many other things? If the Christian message is a lie then we will have given up everything for nothing (see 1 Cor 15:15-19). Do you secretly worry that the world might be right? Does your daily living reflect this uncertainty?
I wonder if we have these doubts because we have lost sight of heaven and let go of the promises of God. I wonder if these doubts have affected the way we live. Are we trying to live our life with a foot in both camps, afraid to leave Christ behind but terrified of what might happen if we whole heartedly plant both of our feet at the foot of the cross?
As your Pastor I feel this way myself and I often wonder if many of the sheep I pastor feel this. It certainly seems that way when we look at our commitment to living to the glory and honour of Christ’s name.
With Ben Kwashi speaking this Friday I wonder if I will feel this even more as I see someone who has planted both his feet at the foot of the cross… regardless of the cost – (this is written prior to him speaking). Maybe I am impatient with myself and with others but I still feel it is a question worth while pursuing. Are we really trying to live with a foot in both camps rather than at the foot of the cross?
The biblical solution to our problem is to turn once again to the lavish display of God’s love for us in the cross. As we look at the topic of suffering over these two weeks, if we are going to suffer well, we must remind ourselves of God’s promises fulfilled in Christ Jesus. We must teach each other about the importance of the resurrection and the future that God has won for us (1 Peter 1:3-9).
It is only as we put aside the things of this world and the glory of Christ is highlighted that we will be able to live and suffer for Christ, becoming like him in his death, that God will bring us to share in the resurrection (Phil 3:8-11).
As your Pastor I could remind you of just how important it is for us to weekly meet together so you can be reminded, spurred on and equipped for our future glory (Heb 10:24-25, Eph 4:11-12) but you might feel like I sound like a stuck record.
So instead of doing this, I will remind you of the reality of the cross and how it guarantees our inheritance. This puts the things of this earth in perspective and enables us to be free of them and set our eyes both on Jesus the author and perfector of our faith as well as to set our eyes on heaven.