Reading in Hebrews 11 this morning, I have been filled with such a thorough hope!
Look at it with me:
"13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them."
Oh my beloved brother, my beloved sister, we are not home yet! If you are among those throughout the ages and among this generation who have put their lives in the hand of Christ for salvation, this is not all there is.
Getting awakened by an alarm clock, hitting snooze three times, making coffee, working a nine hour day and paying bills is not it! And get this, if that's all you're getting out of life now, that's not it for this life either. God makes life on this terrestrial turf extraordinary for those who abandon their own glory for the chance to wash feet. Get involved in something that takes time you "don't have".
Volunteer in human trafficking ministry, go love on the kids at the juvenile detention center, sit in an uncomfortable chair at the nursing home and listen while an elderly woman tells her story. Pay for the single mom's groceries who is standing behind you in line at Wal-Mart. But even with the great adventure that lurks beneath the surface of a presumably ordinary life, we long insatiably for a place we have not yet seen.
Believer, Jesus Christ the Son of the living YHWH (God) is coming back. He will ignite the eastern skies with all the brilliance of His splendor. Every person from every background, religion, worldview, race and denomination will hit their knees and know He is the true God. At the blast of a trumpet, you and I will meet Him and our eyes shall be our faith; we will be regailed with the stories of God's faithfulness by those who died for the faith, and we ourselves will regail Paul and Stephen and Moses with the stories of our faith.. 1Peter gives us a hope to cling to until that day: "Though you have not seen Him, you love Him. And though you do not now see Him, you rejoice with a joy inexpressible and filled with glory; obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls."