Our theme for this month: “Understanding Salvation”
Our Bible verse for today: “… the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage to decay into the glorious freedom of God’s children. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labor pains until now.” Romans 8:21-22 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Eternity will not be boring.”
No, eternity will certainly not be boring. We will have lots of interesting and wonderful things to do – and the new earth will feature prominently in our activities. As Romans 8:21-22 reminds us, the old earth and all of creation has been marred by sin and is therefore spoiled in many ways. But the new creation will be perfect and we will spend all of eternity enjoying it. In his book “Heaven” author Randy Alcorn made an important observation about God’s creation. He wrote, “… by finding happiness in God’s creation, we will find happiness in him.”
This is an important and helpful observation. It tells us something about eternity, but it also provides insight that is helpful to us now as we enjoy life on the current earth. Perhaps you’ve heard it said that we will spend eternity worshiping and praising God. That’s a true statement, but a big part of that worshiping and praising will consist of simply enjoying and appreciating what He has created.
God’s creation is His beautiful and wonderful handiwork. His creation is a source of joy and pleasure for Him. When we His people enjoy and appreciate what He has created, that’s a form of worshiping and praising Him. That’s true now in this lifetime (even in a fallen and broken world), but it will be even truer in eternity as we enjoy and appreciate a redeemed and perfected creation forever.
Also, when the current creation passes away it’s not that God is going to replace it with things that are entirely different, but rather that God will make all things new. He will take what exists and improve it to the point of perfection. The current creation is a reflection of the creation to come. It will be similar but perfect. Think for a moment about how much you enjoy God’s current creation. When you appreciate and enjoy what He has created, that is an act of worship and praise. That will be true in eternity too but to a much greater extent.
In eternity you will be with friends and loved ones enjoying the perfect existence you have always longed for. You will laugh and sing; you will eat and drink; you will rejoice and enjoy endless pleasures; you will marvel at all the good and perfect things our wonderful God has created. If you’re enjoying God’s creation now, you will really enjoy it then!
Tomorrow we will think about what our relationship with God will be like in that day, and then we will end our series with some thoughts about what impact all of this knowledge should be having on how we live now.