Posted by: biblestudyseattle | March 15, 2014

Two Hopes

When you talk to Christians, do you ever get the idea that they don’t really believe it? How many Christians show dispair over this life as if this is it? They don’t really believe in the resurrection. And their hope of heaven is very vague. When every memorial service contains mention that the deceased are now in heaven free of pain, evidently there’s not much effort required?

Imagine two hopes. One is the very real possibility of going on vacation to Hawaii next year. The other is the hope of winning the lottery. It seems that most Christians’ hope of heaven is like the hope of winning the lottery. They don’t know what it is, or why it is, or when it is, or for whom it is. Contrast this to true Christians for whom heaven is very real and prominent in their minds. Why? Because they search the scriptures diligently and are intimate with the details. If you want to go to Hawaii next year, you probably know what the weather will be like, what the fish might look like, what hotel you might stay at, etc. If you want to win the lottery, you don’t put much effort into planning your dream home since the possibility is so remote. Heaven is for those who want to do more work in the restoration of the Kingdom.

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