Great question? Let’s see? Hmm. Let’s see…work hard in school…go to a good college…get a good job…get married…buy a house…have two cars…take at least two vacations per year…have a couple of kids…sock back some college money…build a 401-k nest egg as we work hard for 25-30 years. Let’s see. Then we retire. Take some of the retirement money and buy a house at the beach/mountains…golf membership…an RV and some trips out west…maybe even a cruise or two. Yep…that it’ll do it. Or is there more??
Oh yes. There is much more if you are a believer in Jesus Christ. Because what I’ve just described is a life and a lifestyle that is all about me. Did I mention anything about the Lord Jesus in my diatribe? Nope! Not a word. But, the truth is…the goals of most Christians are like that of the world. We want what the world wants. We do what everybody else does. So, is it wrong to do all those things that have been mentioned. No…of course not…not in and of themselves are they wrong. But consider this. Life on this earth…70, 80, 90 or 100 years…well it’s brief and fleeting. Then what? Heaven? Oh yeah. Heaven. Dull, boring Heaven.
Ooo!! Did I just say that heaven was boring? Yep…I sure did. Because it is isn’t it? Sitting on a cloud and floating around and playing a harp for a 200 million years (just a nano second for eternity)? Not on your life! Heaven is going to be more than we can think or imagine. The Apostle Paul went there you know and he said he was not permitted to tell what he saw…it is indescribable indeed. Like Disney World times a billion and then that wouldn’t begin to touch it. Right? Why use Disney World? Why not something more “Christian?” I guess because it’s not the Christian things that really motivate us in this life.
In Ethiopia they memorize over 100 verses of Scripture to get a Bible. In America we wouldn’t memorize 100 verses of the Bible to get a free ticket to Disney. We’d rather pay than “suffer” through that. I mean…who memorizes Scripture any more? Who has time right? I mean with all the activities and all the TV programs and fun we’re having. Oh yeah…we are having fun aren’t we? So much so…that well…Heaven doesn’t seem that appealing. Things seem pretty ok down here Lord. So, hang on before you come back…because well…to be honest…we’re “good to go” here.
So what do we want out of life? I guess what we’ve got. The stuff of this earth. Our treasures? Right here…right now. Treasures in heaven? Umm. Well…I’m sure there is enough time for that right? So, why suffer? Why give to your church’s mission fund or building fund? Why adopt? Why go on a mission trip. Most of these things after all “isn’t our thing” right? I mean…it’s got to be our thing in order to do it. Even though Jesus said to “go and make disciples of all nations.” That’s for all Christians. Not just the ones that say “it’s my thing.” We are all told to go…so missions is for everybody. James said the purest form of religion is to take care of widows and orphans in their distress. Why we don’t want to get “crazy” or too radical with this Christianity right. I mean after all…we’ve got to remember what we REALLY want out of life… Let’s see…that list again…oh yes…here it is:
Work hard in school…go to a good college…get a good job…get married…buy a house…have two cars…take at least two vacations per year…have a couple of kids…sock back some college money…build a 401-k nest egg as we work hard for 25-30 years. Let’s see. Then we retire. Take some of the retirement money and buy a house at the beach/mountains…golf membership…an RV and some trips out west…maybe even a cruise or two. Yep…that it’ll do it.