The Long Tomorrow

This morning I got to watch sky fade from darkness into a radiant and blinding red and orange – and it made me think about heaven.

It made me think of heaven because, although the sunrise was spectacular, I felt that it just wasn’t enough. Something told me that this sunset was most certainly like looking through a filthy window pane – or maybe the windshield of my car earlier in the morning before the defrost started working. Almost impossible to see, yet we catch just a glimpse, a glimmer, of the greatness to come.

No more cancer. No more welling up with pain inside or overflowing with tears. No more terrorists or towers collapsing. No more orphans or parents dying. No more accidents and frantic calls for help. No more starvation, no more AIDS, no more broken homes. No more divorce, no more anger, no more worry, no more stress, no more aches and pains, no more bloody knees or broken faces. No more rumors, no more hurt feelings, no more lack of love.

And this place – heaven – will be a place so much like earth – eating, music, animals, water, trees, food, a celestial city. So much more than we could ever imagine. – and not simply floating around on clouds. It is a most wonderful place that Jesus is preparing for us, and we know He makes all things good.

And it is there we shall see His face.

That, my dear friends, is what struck me most violently as I contemplated and wondered and longed for heaven. I long more than anything else to see His face, the face of the One who has forgiven me of wrongs that no one should forgive, of sin so deep that no one would want to see it.

And we should long for Him in a radical way.

A. W. Tozer has said, “Let no one apologize for the powerful emphasis Christianity lays upon the doctrine of the world to come. Right there lies its immense superiority to everything else within the whole sphere of human thought or experience….We do well to think of the long tomorrow.” *

We do well to think of the long tomorrow. So think about it as we long to see His face. Oh, I can’t wait to go home!

* (http://www.epm.org/artman2/publish Randys_books_excerpts_from_Randys_books/59_Excerpts_from_Randy_Alcorn_s_In_Light_of_Eternity.shtm)
* Originally published December 30, 2009.

The Fellowship of the Unashamed

Tullian Tchividjian preached an excellent message at Covenant Life a few weeks ago, and in that message, included the following poem called “The Fellowship of the Unashamed,” which I found extremely encouraging. It’s worth reading.

I am a part of the fellowship of the Unashamed. I have the Holy Spirit Power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions, mundane talking, chintzy giving, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by presence, learn by faith, love by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by power.

My pace is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my
way is rough, my companions few, my Guide is reliable, my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, deterred, lured away, turned back, diluted, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, back up, let up, or shut up until I’ve preached up, prayed
up, paid up, stored up, and stayed up for the cause of Christ. I am a
disciple of Jesus Christ. I must go until He returns, give until I drop,
preach until all know, and work until He comes.