August 15, 2010

Desire or Avoidance – does it matter? – Ray Anderson

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:00 am by kdkelly

Sometimes I wonder why we do things. Is it because we want to do it or because we want to avoid something else. Do we not steal because we know it is not right or because the thought of being punished and going to prison keeps us from it? Do we get married because we truly love the other person and want to spend our lives with them or is it because we don’t want to spend our lives alone –who we marry doesn’t matter?

Do we want to go to heaven because we want to spend eternity with God or is it because we don’t want to spend eternity in hell? We are living through some really hot days right now. It makes me think of the rich man who cried out, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.” (Luke 16:24) If hell is hotter than where we are now, then I’m sure I don’t want to be there.

However, one motivation is positive and the other is negative. Does it matter? I think so. God created the heavens, the earth and seas and everything that is in them. And it was very good. (Genesis 1:31) God has provided for man’s physical needs throughout the centuries. (Matthew 6:25-32) He also has provided for man’s spiritual needs by sending His son to die on the cross so that man could be reconciled to Him through the death of His son. (Romans 5:10) One would think on that basis we should all hope to be where God is and spend eternity with him. We should give him the glory and honor due him. We know that heaven is a beautiful place where there will be no more sorrow, no crying, and no pain. (Revelations 21:4) We should all be like Paul who wrote, “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven.” (2 Corinthians 5:1-2) Beloved, I want to be in heaven with you because you earnestly desire to be there. Let us focus on getting to heaven and not just avoiding hell.

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