1 Corinthians 15:51-53
"But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies."
A few months ago, I was asked by a friend to go to a party. I am in college so, of course, it was not a surprising offer. Parties aren’t my thing so I politely declined, but what my friend said in response hit me harder than expected. She said, “Aw c’mon, you need to live a little. Seize the day- live like there’s no tomorrow! One day you’ll be dead and then the party’s over!”
This got me thinking.. What a sad outlook on life this is. To think that this is as good as it gets? What is even more unfortunate is that many Christians even worry that the “party’s over” after this life. I myself thought this at one time. When I pictured myself in heaven, I pictured this monotonous lifestyle of standing in a choir singing songs to God day in and day out. Clearly, I was young in my faith and completely wrong in my view of heaven.
John 14:2 says we are promised mansions- Jesus said it himself! In heaven there will be no sickness, pain, sadness, or death (Rev 21:4). Heaven is our ultimate destination and so much more wonderful than the life we live now. Revelation 22 speaks of heaven being a city with a crystal clear river flowing through it and the tree of Life yielding its life-giving fruit always. We get to live in this beautiful city void of sadness, sickness, and death. It says we do get to worship our Father in heaven and see his face- but there is just so much more to it.
‘However: as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”
the things God has prepared for those who love him.’
1 Corinthians 2:9
Our minds can’t even comprehend what the Lord has in store for us that love Him. Something so incredible that we cannot even conceive an idea of what it will be like. We do know it is a place of peace and joy and love. This gift of an eternal life with Him who created us in His image and who loves us more than we could imagine- this gift is freely given to us by Jesus Christ.
Christ died to give you a better tomorrow. He died so that you could have the gift of an eternal life of peace without sickness, death, and sadness. He died so that you wouldn’t have to live like there’s no tomorrow.
We have the promise of an eternal life with our Father in heaven.
That’s the tomorrow I want to live for.
This devotional comes from the heart of Nealey Sims. I hope this encouraged you in some way to hold to the fact that whatever this life throws at you is nothing compared to the eternal life God has promised you. Live like there's a better tomorrow.
Have a blessed day.