I read one of the most thought provoking quotes last night. It has to do with our longing for eternity and why we long for eternity. Often, our view of eternity is skewed. We want it more for the benefits than anything else. What is the most important part of eternity?
“The critical question for our generation – and for every generation – is this: If you could have Heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with Heaven, if Christ was not there?” -John Piper, God Is The Gospel-
This question reveals our love for God and for eternity. Are we seeking Heaven so we can have all the benefits of Heaven? Or are we seeking Heaven because that is where the eternal Christ dwells and we will spend eternity with Him?
Many believers are looking forward to Heaven because of what Heaven is like, but miss the part of eternity that is centered around Christ. The reason many people do not concern themselves with Eternity with Christ is because our love for Him has grown cold. We want Heaven because it means no more suffering, but we ought to long for Heaven because Christ is there. If we love Christ with all we have, Heaven is our main longing because we will see Him face to face.