Last week we discussed gold rapper chains, dragon’s stashes, and cash (Click here for part 1, click here for part 2). All these riches referred to the inheritance awaiting us in Christ. An inheritance found in placing our expectations in Him. God promises His saints a reward in heaven for their faithfulness to Him. Just as a father delights in giving his children gifts, our Father waits to shower us with the blessings of His love (Matt. 7:7-11, James 1:5).
Hold up, bro. The treasures awaiting us in heaven are a lifetime away. Heaven meets some sooner than others, but for the average American, it takes 79 years to reach the pearly gates. Seems like a long time to wait. Like waiting for a pot pie to microwave. Or waiting at the DMV. Or waiting for your crush to text back.
So, how do we get through this waiting room of life, eagerly longing to bask in the glory of God? There’s no fast track. No smart phone powerful enough to pass the time quickly. There is only hope and patience. As they say, “patience is a virtue.” It’s a virtue some of us would rather live without. But, unfortunately, it’s as necessary as our daily shower. At least, we hope everyone deems daily showers necessary.
Behold, the scriptures below.
“Faith is being sure of what we hope for. It is being sure of what we do not see.”
“But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”
“For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.”
Placing expectation in Christ requires faith. Like those trust falls we all did as kids, where we fall backwards into our friends’ arms, we must trust that placing our hope and expectation in Christ will fall into provision. As discussed before, God, in His prefect power and glory, is the most reliable source for expectation. He sticks to His promises and brings good things to those who wait and don’t wander.
We must be careful not to fall away from our hope due to boredom in life’s waiting room. Or the pain of current circumstances. Tempted by immediate gratification, many Christians fall into lust, greed, and envy. In a culture built on instant pleasure, waiting is getting harder. But with God, all things are possible.
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’ And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.”
As the finite beings we are, we cannot conceptualize the extent to which God provides an answer to our longings and waiting. But our longings are framed in time, which makes the anticipation and payoff so much more satisfactory when it is finally reached. Of course, as Christians, our actions shouldn’t be motivated by receiving more riches in heaven. It’s crucial, however, to understand that we were made to be in communion with Christ. Our hearts desire for all our wants and needs to be fulfilled in Him. In heaven, these longings will be realized.
Christ is the steady and unchangeable source upon which we should build our hopes and expectations. Placing our desires in Christ, rather than the promises of the world, gives us hope of an inheritance in heaven, accessible through the glory of His might and majesty. Finally, we must patiently await the fulfillment of our hearts, resisting the temptations of this world.
This concludes our series on unmet expectations:
Expectations don’t have to end in heartache. Dreams don’t have to be crushed by a sinful world. Hope isn’t a lost or illusive idea. Our greatest hopes and expectations can be realized in Christ, if only we surrender our desires to Him (Psalm 37:4).
God is powerful. God is faithful. More faithful than the rising sun. The best, in expectation, is yet to come.