The Harvest of the LORD
We all want an abundant life, where we are safe, wealthy, and productive. God agrees – he wants his people to live a full, happy life. But we are impatient. We want this good life in this world, here, now. God promises this good life in the future, in ‘heaven’ – what the Bible calls the New Jerusalem, the glorious new creation (Revelation 21-22). He is there now, preparing a place for those who belong to him (John 14:2). Do you want a full, safe, happy, wealthy, productive life? Trust Jesus. And look forward to enjoying life with him in glory.
Question: God blesses us with wealth in this life. How are we tempted to be greedy and selfish with it? How can we use it to bless and serve others instead? What difference does it make to know that real wealth, abundance, and joy, are not in this world but in the future, in God’s new creation?
Prayer: Lord, you are ultimate life and joy. You don’t just have life and joy. You don’t just give us life and joy. You are life and joy – therefore you have them and can give them to us. Thank you for the joys of this good world. Help us not to be selfish and greedy with them, but generous instead. Thank you for the extravagant joys we can look forward to in the new creation with you. Help us to look forward to them – especially when life in this world is hard. For the honour of your holy name, Amen.