I’ve started BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) this year, after taking the last term off. It’s a great way to study the Word with others, and there’s weekly classes all over the world.This term, the focus is on Revelation. It’s probably the most mysterious and epic book in the Bible, but at the same time, like every book, it relates to who God is, how Christ is revealed, and who we are in Him.
There’s a glorious certainty, regardless of what you believe about the tribulation, rapture, etc, that Christ will return. With that awareness, how does that change the way we live today? Eternity is real, God is real, and the reality is that we’ll be with God for eternity. This life may seem like all there is during struggles and hurt. At its toughest times, life can seem so blatant and obvious and…now, but it’s also temporary. The heavenly reality is just as true as the reality that we find ourselves in every day, when we get frustrated at work, or disagree with our friends, or suffer heartache. The joy we can experience when we know that we are strangers in this world, passing through until we visit our true home, can unleash upon us a profound sense of freedom that permeates all of our daily thoughts and choices.
There is more than this. Much more, and it’s where we truly belong, but until then, let us allow eternal thinking to shape our earthly living.
“If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.”
1 Corinthians 15:19-20
“Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”