According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you[…] (1 Peter 1:3b-4 ESV)
How easily we get sidetracked, our eyes diverted by something shiny or fleshy. We have an inheritance worth more than anything we could have here on Earth. Derek Webb sings it perfectly:
’Cause I am so easily satisfied by the call of lovers so less wild, that I would take a little cash over your very flesh and blood.
-Derek Webb: Wedding Dress
But we lose hope. That's the problem. We lose sight of our eternal future, our eternal hope, for momentary gain to reduce the pain in the here and now. We stop running the race that ends in Heaven.
Set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:13b ESV)
Set your eyes on the hope of Christ and His return. The end of the race. Don't waiver in your focus on that goal.
"All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever." (1 Peter 1:24-25a ESV)
The only thing of this world that will remain is that of The Lord. You will grow old and wither, die and be forgotten. Why spend you life chasing “the call of lovers so less wild” when you can chase after the heart of the greatest lover ever known?
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