Are we looking for hope in this life alone or are we reaching beyond this life, to look for a hope that will eventually lead us to Heaven? Are we placing our hope, in only the things that we can achieve here on earth or are we willing to achieve the things that will take us step by step, towards a new life…a life that can lead us away from evil…into the arms of a loving and eternal God? In I Corinthians 15:17-19, we read…“And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is mere delusion [futile, fruitless], and you are still in your sins [under the control and penalty of sin]; (18) and further, those who have died in [[a]spiritual fellowship and union with] Christ have perished (are lost)! (19) If we who are [abiding] in Christ have hope only in this life and that is all, then we are of all people most miserable and to be pitied.”
Sometimes we think we have it so bad but have you ever thought what life would be like, if Jesus would have never died on the cross for our sins? First off…we would have no one to save us, from these moments that lead us to a place, of what seems to be no hope. I can’t even imagine how bad it would be for us right now…living under the law, rather than grace. No matter how hopeless life can seem, we are still being sustained by a God, who has control over every difficult moment we go through.
Why is it that we search for hope in a world that will only lead us to a final place of destruction, when there is a God that can lead us out of these temporary moments of pain and heartache, into an eternal place, where pain and heartache will one day find its end?
There is one character in the Bible that has greatly influenced my life and that is Paul. Even while Paul faced many hardships and even imprisonment, he learned to keep his focus on the prize and where God was leading him. From what I have studied about Paul…his focus on God and what was awaiting him was so intense; that he never even gave notice to whether he had enough food to eat because his eyes were aiming for something better…something that would be eternal.
Today, can we say that we are doing the same? If we are putting our trust in things, as a means of filling the empty voids in our lives; then we are only going to find in the end that they never lead us anywhere. Today, we need to look to a God that is eternal; for He is preparing a home, for those who truly believe in Him and when He returns, He is going to lead us away from these painful moments, into an eternal life with Him…where there will be no tears…pain or heartache, for all of eternity.
Can we say today that we are on the right path…the path that is leading us to an eternal home or are we so busy chasing after the things in life that only lead us to a temporary form of happiness? When we choose to follow and aim our vision down a path that leads us to God and an eternal life with Him; then we will find that nothing in this life means anything to us but God.