Last night I woke up and couldn’t go back to sleep. So I got up, ate a piece of toast and drank a glass of warm milk. (I read somewhere on the internet where that would help you sleep. So it must be true!)
After checking my email, which you’re not supposed to do, I decided to read for a while. I picked up a book and came across two great quotes, one by John Piper and the other by C. S. Lewis.
Piper wrote, “The greatest hindrance to worship is not that we are a pleasure-seeking people, but that we are willing to settle for such pitiful pleasures.”
The author then quoted C.S. Lewis from Mere Christianity who reflected “I find myself having a desire which no evidence in this world can satisfy; the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
“Made for another world.” I went back to sleep thinking about that. And I woke up this morning, later than usual, with that thought still in my mind.
There are many things in this life that give us pleasure that are good, wholesome and God-ordained. Tasty food is enjoyable and satisfies our hunger. A cold drink sure tastes good on a hot day! God created us for community and companionship which finds fulfillment in our friends and family. God also made us as sexual beings and ordained marriage between one man and one woman to satisfy our sexual desires.
The earth is a wondrous and beautiful place to live. It is an incredible feeling to stand at the summit of Pike’s Peak and enjoy the almost never-ending view. Or to see a gorgeous sunrise over the Atlantic beaches. And it is exciting to be with someone you love, standing on an Hawaiian island and watching a breath-taking sunset over the Pacific ocean!
However, if we are not careful earth’s pleasures can become all-consuming. They can be abused. Distorted. And even harmful. In an increasing quest to satiate our desires we can become gluttons, alcoholics, or sex addicts. Pleasure and recreation may become an escape from real-life responsibilities. And in quest to find our place and make our mark in this world may forget that indeed we were “made for another world.”
The Bible reminds us that “there is the present life and the life to come” (1 Tim. 4:8). And while there is some profit in pursuing goals in this life, our main focus ought to be building a “good foundation for the future, so that (we) may take hold of that which is truly life.” (1 Tim. 6:18) Eternal life. We’re made for another world.
The Bible compares our earthy bodies to a tent that is not a permanent dwelling. It is temporary. Transitory. And ultimately unfulfilling. There is a better home awaiting. A heavenly dwelling. It is the very purpose for which God made us (2 Cor. 5:1-5). We’re made for another world.
In this life we groan. We carry emotional, mental and physical burdens. We suffer pain. Grief. And anguish. We know the sorrow of separation. The hurt of heart-ache. The feeling of failure. The loss of love. And experience emptiness when death invades our home. We’re made for another world.
I want to internalize this truth. Carry this thought. And imbibe this feeling. I’m made for another world. It will help me overcome temptation. Give me balance in life. Reduce my frustrations. Focus my worship. Direct my discipleship. Purify my motives. Ease my burdens. And realign my priorities.
I was made for another world. That gives me eternal hope.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman