Living on borrowed time

The moment you died to self and were reborn in Christ, this is when you have entered the Eternal Kingdom of Heaven already. Not many believers grasp that and that’s why they don’t live this new life now as if on borrowed time. Most believers still try to get the most out of this life by means of prospering and enjoying it to the fullest.

It doesn’t seem to be a sin per se. However, if you imagine that what you do now with this new life affects directly what happens ETERNALLY in heaven, you’d really be acting irrational and reckless not to do what it takes to have a more prosperous and fuller afterlife.

If God really intended the New Testament followers to be happy as they can be, He should rather strike them dead upon salvation… What better place to be completely happy then heaven?

But instead He gave us the Great Commission and in many teachings showed us how to live within this time we really just borrowed in order that we may bring Him glory and honor and fame (instead of just satisfying our own desires).

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I commanded you;
and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
(Matthew 28:19-20 NASB)


When we ask for anything but His name

I have no doubt. Any good father would be willing to give their child anything they desire should they plead long and fervently enough (Luke 5-10). How much more would our loving Father in heaven give us anything we desire (Psa. 37:4, Matt. 7:11)?

Jesus replied…
“You can ask for anything in My name,
and I will do it,
so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.”
(John 14:13 NLT)

And the problem is, we do ask for anything. Anything from private jets to the raising of the dead or even a simple request for that “perfect” spouse, there’s nothing we aren’t bold enough or too unashamed to ask God (as if, He owed it to us somehow).

All that is indeed a problem for two main reasons:

  1. We are unaware that when asking that heaven or paradise be brought to us on earth now, we would risk “having our reward in full” (Matt. 6:2,5,16,19-21, Luke 16:25).
  2. We are unaware that like a father, God is hurting that we would go after anything else (Jer. 2:5) rather than desire Him alone (Psa. 27:4).

Apparently, God would even go as far as to let us severe our ties with Him, should we choose prosperity and happiness over being part of His family (Luke 15:11-13).

That’s just how good He is.

Either way, whether we want everything else and nothing of God or we want Him as much as we want the benefits, I am confident that a believer will eventually choose the material riches over the eternal One. We cannot have two competing longings in our hearts last forever (Matt. 6:24).

The only way to Christian maturity is to want nothing, but God (Psa. 23:1, 27:4).

The question is, are we brave and in love enough to choose to be content in God alone?