What We Await
Last time around, I wrote a piece for our blog called, “While We Wait,” focusing on how we look forward to the future we have in Christ. This week, I wanted to build on that and reflect on what we await in our future with Christ. More specifically, I want to ask and think about whether or not we actually reflect on, think about, and dream of what we await? In other words, I want to ask if our future in Christ is something we’re actually hoping for?
Let’s just ask that question. If Christ’s return is the total fullness of our hope as Christians, do we dream about that? We dream of what we hope for. We can’t help it. Little kids dream of going to Disneyland and big kids dream of the day when their little kids don’t want to go to Disneyland anymore.
So, do we dream of our future in and with Christ? Do we imagine what it will be like when he returns and all things are made new? Do we imagine what it will be like to live an everlasting life with our God? Do we imagine what it will be like to live with our brothers and sisters in Christ when they are made perfect and shining with the glory of God? Do we imagine what it will be like to see Christ face to face, to hear him say our names and to have him wrap us up in a full, joyful and triumphant hug? Do we imagine what it will be like to walk the new heavens and the new earth with our Creator, marveling at all he has made and remembering all he has done?
If you’re like me, the answer is no. No, we don’t dream of these things. We dream of other things. “Okay, so we don’t dream about Christ’s return. Does that really matter?” Yes, it does. “Why?” It matters because we all dream of something. We all hope for and treasure something. And that matters because, as Christ said, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mt 6:22). So, as you dream, what do you dream of? What do you hope for? Where is your treasure? In romantic relationships? In friendships? In jobs? In family? In marriage? In children? In new clothes? In new stuff? In degrees and accomplishments? In hobbies? In vacations?
Those things are not bad in and of themselves, but are they all we can and hope for or is there something more? Is there something worth putting all our hope in? Is there something that won’t ultimately disappoint us? Is there something more than what we see in this life? Is there something imperishable, unspoiled and unfading kept in heaven for us who, by God’s power, are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Pe 1:4-5)?
By faith we say, “Yes, there is.” So, if we believe there is, let’s say it not just with our mouths. Let’s say with our hearts and, consequently, with our dreams. Let’s dream of Christ. Let’s remember who he is and what he has done for all who believe on him Let’s remember that he’s bringing us to himself and to his kingdom, to the new heavens and the new earth. Let’s remember that he’s bringing us to the full realization of your hope – to an end of death and sin and brokenness, to life everlasting, to joy and harmony and to eternal communion with the eternal God. Let’s remember that in Christ, we have come, “to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. [We] have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. [We] have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel” (Heb. 12:22-24). “Therefore,” as the author of Hebrews says just a few short verses later, “since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe” (Heb. 12:28).
So, let’s dwell on these things “with reverence and awe,” because they are worth it. They can take it. Other treasures will not last. They will not satisfy. But we await Christ and his kingdom and that is a treasure that will satisfy.
So let’s dream about it and long for it, because we are closer to it now we than when we first believed (Rom. 13:11).