Expect More


“No, I don’t wish I knew Heaven was like the picture in my Great Divorce because, if we knew that, we should know it was no better. The good things even of this world are far too good ever to be reached by imagination.

Even the familiar orange, no one could have imagined it before he tasted it. How much less Heaven.”

From The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III

Compiled in Yours, Jack

Thought

I like this quote from the compilation of Lewis’ letters. We know living on this earth is not Heaven by experiencing it. But we now know we can get there from here. To expect more from life than things seen is a most endorsing encouragement. So compelling is knowing Christ and the power of His resurrection. If you will, please see Philippians 3:10

Faith in Christ includes sharing in four characteristics of Christ’s life, which Paul addresses in verses 10 and 11. This verse provides the first three. First, knowing Jesus clearly involves the power of the resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus conquered death and provided the way to know the Lord.

Second, Paul indicates the importance of sharing in “His sufferings.” Many believers miss this trait, believing the Christian faith provides freedom from hardship. This is a common – false – teaching of modern motivational speakers who use biblical terms in their speeches. Both Paul, and the early church, knew that living for Christ included sharing in both the joys and struggles of Christ. This sometimes means suffering. Paul personally endured hardship despite his faithful life spent serving Christ.

Paul also identifies the concept of mimicking Christ in His death. Some see the idea of martyrdom in this verse. However, the focus is on becoming “like him” in death, not the method of death. Paul wants to die to the world of sin and temptation, so he can be fully transformed, in order to be like Christ. This is a sentiment he will mention again in verse 21. This concept would also point to us becoming like Him in our resurrection bodies. 1 John 3:2.

Whatever our personal vision of heaven now, we know it is where our Savior sits at the right hand of God, our Father. How perfect is that?

Prayer

Almighty God and Father,

Thank you for always having the better for us in mind than we can ever imagine. Both in this world and certainly in the next, where you are. Amen.

~G.W.

 –

‘But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,

nor the heart of man imagined,

what God has prepared for those who love him”—

 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.’

I Corinthians 2:9-10


Job 19:25


7 thoughts on “Expect More”

  1. How crazy! Just this evening, I was working on a post about Heaven. It’s in draft form and far from finished, but it’s so awesome when that happens!

    Also, I love how you talked about Paul wanting to be like Christ in death versus dying like Christ. Paul’s suffering, and his responses to it, are awe-inspiring, and I have so very far to go. I needed this, G.W. Thank you so much!

    P. S. Fun fact: I used to sing that Nichole Mullen song years ago (back when I was still a soprano). It’s still a favorite, but I only sing it around the house now. 😃

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    1. Thank you so much, Kendra!

      On your first point: When three of us, both Pastors and Elders, would be working on a sermon on the same subject separately, a question would arise after deliveries in separate forums. Men in my class would ask if we decided what the themes would be in meetings.

      Since we didn’t have meetings to discuss our sermons, I had difficulty convincing them that the Holy Spirit decided these things, and we listened to Him! We always got as tickled over it as you did here! Finally, when it happened, I told the men that the Lord did this, for He wanted to be sure His point was made clear to many! So, please continue working on your draft.
      I look forward to reading it!

      On your second point: I also feel I have very far to go. I hope the Lord compresses it into me quickly before I miss it! 😊

      And your third point: I never had a soprano voice, but I also sing it around the house! 😊

      Thank you for your very thoughtful comments. I so do appreciate them!

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      1. That’s so cool – it shows you were all listening and being obedient to Him. And He must indeed not want it to be missed when that happens. Seems He’s wanting to remind us now that we shall see Him some sweet day. 🙌
        Also, I especially loved your third part. Made me literally laugh out loud. 😃

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  2. We often miss the treasure in the fire. James says…
    “…My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
    Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience…” (James 1:2-3).
    The three Hebrews in the furnace knew they could count on God, his is it that we are immune to trial?
    Even Jesus said…
    “…These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world…” (John 16:33).
    Thank you, God bless

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