There’s an old hymn we used to sing. Be grateful this is a written word and I won’t be singing it to you, but the lyrics are this:
When we all get to heaven
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory!
Certainly our arrival in heaven will be a day of rejoicing and singing and shouting and worshiping. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to wait that long. I want my days here to be days of freedom, joy, satisfaction, purpose, victory, worship…
This Is Not Meaningless
The Lord has had me in Ecclesiastes for a while now. And to be honest, on the surface, it’s not exactly the most encouraging book. There’s a whole lot of “meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless.” Very Eeyore. It would be far too easy to think Solomon was simply giving up on life having any value or purpose.
Except for this one verse:
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11-12 NKJV
He has knit into our very core, ETERNITY. Every day when we say “yes” to the Lord, we have no idea what the ramifications of our agreement with Heaven will be. When we choose to agree with eternity – with the story He wrote, it impacts not only our individual lives but the lives of those we know, those we don’t know, even those yet to be born. We are coming into alignment with not only His physical creation, but also the entire timeline of the age – from the first spark to the end. When it doesn’t make sense or seem to be going our way we must remember we simply aren’t privy to all He is doing.
So live! Create! Move! Love! You are not merely marking time, waiting for the day you get to play your lute on a puffy white cloud. You are agreeing with the King of Kings to bring about His purposes for all of mankind. You are partnering with the Lord of Lords to bring freedom for the captives, sight to the blind, liberty for the oppressed. You are ushering in the Lord’s favor.
This is not meaningless.