Recently, I purchased several things through Amazon. I must admit that Amazon makes it incredibly easy to order just about anything. One thing I really appreciate about buying through Amazon, is the ability to read reviews from those who have previously ordered the same product that I’m considering. The big question is always, “How satisfied are you with your purchase?”
This brings to mind an interesting question. How would you respond if I asked you, “How satisfied are you with life? How you answer that question hinges on many different things. However, for the Christian, there should always be a constant undertone of dissatisfaction with this life. Personally, my dissatisfaction with life on this planet steadily grows as I age. I find fewer and fewer things about this life that truly satisfy.
Here’s an interesting verse from Hebrews chapter eleven. “If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. (Hebrews 11:15–16)
As the old hymn states, “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through.” Truth is, we are pilgrims, aliens, if you will. If we’re truly connected to God, and desirous of Him above all else, we will have no desire to scooch in and get really comfortable here.
Verse 14 of Hebrews 11 says that the saints of old (who are being commended for their faith) were seeking a different kind of country than this world offered. And verse 16 says they were desiring something better than what a present earthly existence could offer. They’re personal relationship with Christ was so tangible, so real, that nothing short of heaven would satisfy.
So my challenge to you is this: Make sure that as you grow in Christ, you identify with the promises of God, and experience a change of values, so that you desire and seek after the future God is preparing for you in heaven, more than anything this world has to offer.
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21