Monday, November 27
In a recent sermon, Pastor Doug raised a very enigmatic question. “Do we really want eternal life?” For most of us, we tend to concentrate on the joys of heaven, of being free from sin, and all kinds of things to enjoy, including loved ones that have gone on before. There is no doubt truth in that, but according to John 17:3, our views might be a little skewed. “Now this is eternal life; that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” In essence, this is saying that the highest priority will be to know God. This fits in really well with John Piper’s view that the chief end of knowing God is our happiness. Real joy comes by knowing God. God knows that and yearns for our “fullness” of joy by knowing him. All eternity will likely be an on-going process of learning more about God. So if you can’t let loose of those worldly pursuits of happiness, maybe you don’t want to go to heaven. A caveat here. When you get to heaven, you will have no trouble abandoning worldly pursuits of happiness. With the death of the sin nature, you will be delighted with God’s plan. I think eternity will provide ample time to also enjoy our loved ones and the saints that have gone on before. Eternity is quite a long time.