"The critical question for our generation- and for every generation- is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ was not there?"- John Piper in God is the Gospel
If you're like me, you read that and thought, uh oh... This is one of those questions that makes my skin crawl because I know the right answer, but then I know what my answer is, too much of the time.
We've been talking in church about Acts, and this past Sunday our pastor hit on some good points. He was asking us why we aren't seeing the effects in our generation that the early church saw, when we have more resources and more blessings then they had in a lifetime. He mentioned teamwork as being a key difference, and I agree.
But I also think there's more to it. I think the problem is much more personal to all Christians. The problem is that we don't love God more than anything else in this world. We don't love God so much that He is our life, not just a part of our life. I know this is true for me. I love my stuff, the good things in life, more than God on a regular basis.
The solution isn't to try harder. It isn't to resolve to do better, because let's just be honest, it won't happen. We can't do it. We have to surrender to God. We have to let God in, and let Him do the work. We do that by surrounding ourselves with Him. Turning off the TV and picking up our Bibles. Spending time with Him every day, every hour, every minute. Having an active community of believers that we do life with. Serving others, and actively trying to obliterate poverty. I believe that if we do, if we start to pursue God above anything else, He will satisfy us, more than we've ever imagined.
God doesn't care about our stuff. He doesn't care about our careers, or our success. He cares about His glory. He cares about His kingdom. That's what we need to care about, more than anything else.
I want to desire God above all else. I want Heaven to be simply HIM, not the pleasures of life. God, I do believe, help my unbelief.