Phil’s Points to Ponder for February 5, 2017

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, this is what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)

We seem to have become a people so caught up with debating the problems and issues of today that we, even as Christians, no longer reflect much on what is yet to come. We shy away from even mentioning heaven except perhaps at funerals. We don’t want others making fun of us or accusing us of having a “pie in the sky” theology while ignoring our responsibility to make this world a little less “hellish.”

But as C.S. Lewis once wrote, “Either there is ‘pie in the sky’ or there is not. If there is not, then Christianity is false, for this doctrine is woven into its whole fabric. If there is, then this truth, like any other, must be faced…” (The Problem
of Pain)

Lewis also wrote: “If you read history you will find that the Christians who did the most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this world.” (Mere Christianity)

The truth is, we know very little about heaven except that it is a place God has prepared for us. That should be enough to stir our souls and cause an unexplainable excitement and increased level of hope and anticipation
for the future. One theologian once described heaven as “an unknown region with a well-known inhabitant.” That works for me.

We should look longingly toward heaven while fully experiencing each moment spent in the love and care of God here on earth, for they are a foretaste of that which is to come.

Our full scripture text for this Sunday is 1 Corinthians 2:1-11.

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