If You Could Have Heaven – Sunday Thought For The Day
The Reverend Francis Chan once said: “A 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 with all the food you ever liked and all the leisure activities you’d 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?”
What the question asks is, are we who profess to be born again Christians really in love with Jesus or are we in love with what we think, i.e., believe we will derive from being saved?
This is a penetrating question, that I honestly believe few Christians in America have ever asked themselves or for that matter ever even considered.
How we answer this question will indicate the truth of how we view Christ. How we answer this question will tell us what type of relationship we have with Jesus. How we answer this question will tell us if we are truly in love with Jesus.
If we are serious about our relationship with Jesus Christ this question will make many of us examine our lives under the microscope of the Holy Spirit.
Depending upon how we answer this question, it can also tell us if we’re in fact truly saved or if we’re living a life in which we are deceiving ourselves.
You see to fall in love with Jesus, we must first know Him – not superficially, but deeply and personally – and we cannot do that unless we are committed to having Him grow to be the longing of our hearts and having Him the basis for our hopes and the fulfillment of the affections of our heart.
READ: Philippians 3:7-10 (KJV)
7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here