Saturday, February 27, 2010
Streets of Gold vs. Here and Now
This year, if I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times, we need to live with an eternal perspective. I believe it. I believe it is biblical. I believe it pleases the Lord and I believe it can change our lives if we commit to really living that way.
But I am wondering something. So often when we encourage each other to have that heavenly perspective, we picture...well...heaven, as best we can, in our minds. We think about no more tears, no more sin, streets of gold, and seeing Jesus. Here's my question: If heaven was never promised, would you still think it is worth having Jesus in your life?
Okay, I confess. It's not an original thought. It's an old Andre Crouch song. But the chorus is thought provoking and for some reason I woke up the other morning humming it:
But if heaven never was promised to me
Neither God's promise to live eternally
It's been worth just having the Lord in my life
Living in a world of darkness, He brought me the light
It's a pretty simple song, even a bit hokey. I can remember my parents sang it as a duet in church - Mom sang like a bird and Dad never wanted to sing special music. But for some reason Dad liked this song. Perhaps it was because I was young and hadn't lived long enough to assess life, so I didn't quite get it. But now that I'm getting up there in years...whatever...I think I've lived long enough to assess whether or not having the Lord in my life has been worth it.
So, you gals know my answer, but I want you to answer the question. Without the promise of streets of gold, can you honestly say that having the Lord in your life has enriched your time on earth?
Come on now, don't be shy...