Recently a transformer blew out in my neighborhood, and we lost power for a few hours. As the temperature in my office rose so did my anticipation for the electricity, and the Air Conditioner, to come back on.
I thought back to other times when I anticipated getting my driver’s license, getting my first car, getting my first job, my wedding, the birth of my son, my grand-children. I even anticipated turning 55 when I could get admission into a movie theater for half price and being of age to draw Social Security.
It occurs to me that we spend a good part of our life anticipating one thing or another.
Colossians 3:1 is a great reminder to “anticipate those things which are above, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God.”
I am reminded of an old song that says everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to go today. We do want to go to heaven but do we long for it? Dying is scary business to most people and relinquishing our humanity for the unknown is not something we like to dwell on.
Jesus said in John, chapter 12 that “Those who love their life will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in the world will keep it for eternity.”
In the 8th chapter of Romans, we read that “the creation anticipates the day that it will join all God’s children In glorious freedom from death and decay.” The same chapter says that we “wait with eager anticipation for the day when God will give us our full right as his adopted children.”
Heaven is something we can look forward to with eager anticipation because “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him. (1 Corinthians 2:9)
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