Most of What God Has Given You is Not For You
I really enjoy the song, “Home” by Chris Tomlin, because the lyrics speak of the joy waiting for us when we get to heaven:
This world is not what it was meant to be
All this pain, all this suffering
There’s a better place
Waiting for me
Every tear will be wiped away
Every sorrow and sin erased
We’ll dance on seas of amazing grace
I’m goin’ home
Where the streets are golden
Every chain is broken
Oh I wanna go
Oh I wanna go
Where every fear is gone
I’m in your open arms
Where I belong
Reading through the lyrics made me wonder why anyone would desire to live on earth? Streets of gold versus potholes? Every fear gone versus living in a world where crazy men can shoot off nuclear missiles at any moment? Tears wiped away versus the sorrow experienced from losing a loved one? Why do we put up with this when we do not have to? Why not just swallow the proverbial cyanide pill and call it a day? Jesus – I am coming home!
I believe the answer can be found in a quote by Larry Burkett:
“Most of what God gives you in life is not for you.”
Believing our lives are meant to be given for others, our circumstances then, appear in a whole new light. We see our potholes as opportunities to help steer others around their potholes. Fears are used to help those coping with the difficulties life throws at them. Our tears help us understand how to comfort others who are experiencing grief. By storing up treasures for ourselves on earth through selfishness and hoarding our experiences, we waste our lives. If this is the case, we would certainly be better off popping the pill! However, if we, as Larry suggested, view our lives as being for the benefit of others, we store up treasures in heaven, to be used for all of eternity.
So, what can you give away and have more of? You!
Jesus is the example of someone who gave his entire life for others. He encourages us to get off the pill and start living for our true homecoming!