What Are You Waiting For?
A while back my wife and I surprised our boys with a trip to Disneyworld. It was admittedly hard to keep the secret. You can imagine the excitement as we were planning the trip. We had to help one another to avoid unintentionally spilling the beans.
The night before the trip the boys went to bed thinking that tomorrow would just be another typical day at school. Instead, we woke them up early, told them we were going on a special trip and gave them each a Disney hat to wear. To say that they were thrilled would be an understatement. Smiling ear to ear, they ate their breakfast in record time and helped load the bags so that we could be on our way.
There was tremendous joy as we shared that news…for them…and for us. We showed them a map and talked about all of the exciting things that were to come. And yet, as great as that was, even greater joys await when we witness Christ.
Our Mormon friends view what is to come in a much different way. Many view this life as a time to be tested and after death, they have to make up for all of their sins. This last year Elder Holland said, “If we persevere, then somewhere in eternity our refinement will be finished and complete.” This places a tremendous burden on them.
From this perspective, death simply gives you more time for testing. You’re given more time to try to earn God’s favor and pay off your debt. It’s more of the same. This is not something I would look forward to; personally, it’s something I would dread.
By contrast, Scripture describes this broken world as a place of suffering, but it’s not worth comparing with the glory that is to come. “We ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies” (Romans 8:23). Through Jesus, we have forgiveness right now and so that inward groan says, “I just can’t wait!”
What are you waiting for? It’s no more suffering. It’s fully experiencing our inheritance as children of God. It’s the rest Mark referred to in his blog last week. It’s seeing Jesus face to face. The best is yet to come.
You’ve got something sweeter to share than everyone’s favorite dessert. Christmas gifts may bring light to a child’s eye for a day, but this gift of God will brighten up someone’s life. It’s even better than announcing a surprise vacation because heaven lasts forever.
So, what are you waiting for? You’ve got an amazing message. Go and share it with the confidence that it brings joy. May the Spirit not only fill you with that inward groan for heaven but also a ‘just can’t wait’ heart for that next opportunity to share heaven with someone else.