As Christians we want life to be easy—and not only want but expect. We pursue faith hoping to obtain the goodness of this world and the goodness of Heaven at the same time. We indulge in the pursuits of this life, hoping all the while to enjoy the life to come.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” -1 Peter 2:9-10
We are a chosen people, a holy nation, God’s special possession that we might declare the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His wonderful light.
When we conform to the world around us we fail to show a dying world the ultimate worth of Jesus Christ. Jesus no longer is our treasure. He is no longer our great reward.
We can joyfully forsake the things of this life, because this world is not our home. What appears to be loss is actually gain. This life is but a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. All is rubbish compared to His surpassing greatness.
These are truths I need to continually remind myself of. It is so easy to stop hoping in Heaven and trade Jesus for the things of this fleeting life.