When Celia and I first started dating, I marveled at how she listened to the radio. Remember the radio? She would rifle through the channels, giving each song a few seconds, then on to the next station. I teased her, saying she didn’t want to know what song was on, but what else was on.
With the backdrop of a world consumed not just with what we want, but what else we want, we took our annual youth camp to the mountains of Colorado. I love seeing kids without their phones...all week! They’re free - they play hard, sit still, worship; they’re present…and together. It.is.beautiful.
Before we rush to judgment on kids, hold up your right hand and confess with me: “I, _____, need a week without my phone, too.” If we’re honest, we will own not just our busyness, but our high level of distraction.
Our access to everything going on in the world, the instant it happens, battles some profound and simple truths. There’s a term for this battle; Fear of Missing Out – FOMO.
My friend, Holden, who works as a trainer, recently shared how difficult his business is because people struggle to commit to a 30-minute time slot. It’s not just work, but in trying to plan events with friends, he’s frustrated by how hard it is to get his friends to commit to anything.
A million choices, all designed to give us the perfect meal, day, house…life. This doesn’t satisfy nearly as much as it leaves us chasing an ideal vision of how our lives should be.
Only, this isn’t it. This isn’t heaven.
Neither the beauty of this present world, or our pursuit of all it offers us, are the pinnacle of our existence. False gods never satisfy; they only tease and leave us wanting more.
The breathtaking beauty of the peaks of mountains, the shores of the most remote beaches, and even the stars over all of Creation are only the best of a fallen world. The One who spoke all of this to be will restore all things.
“Do you really want to suggest sinful man can create stories and worlds that outshine the worlds God will remake? Careful there. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT.” – All Things New, John Eldredge
The LORD will make our world new (Revelation 21). Creation is amazing. Whether I see the majesty of His creatures, like a bull moose busting through brush as he grazes on pretty much any thing he wants, or if I look up into the night sky at the wonder of the stars, light years beyond me. Still, it is only a glimpse, a glimmer of what’s to come.
If you haven’t read Revelation 21 & 22, describing the world to come, you should. When I consider a world without tears, goodbyes, disease and an endless supply of all I need in the Presence of my Father, my heart leaps.
Even more importantly, when we come to Him, we become a new person (2 Corinthians 5:17). Friends, as His followers, we have become His family, and all that He has is ours. We’re not only His followers, but His children.
“Justification is our position through the wonderful grace of God, and by virtue of the finished work of Christ, which is imputed to all who believe. All that He is, is reckoned to us who are in Him.” – F. B. Meyer on Romans 1:17
When we receive the fullness of His love for us, and understand who we are in Him, we can rest. Like I saw our kids rest at camp, you and I can rest secure in the love of Christ. We comprehend how secure our future is in Christ, and that this world is not our home.
“As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died.”— Galatians6:14
The truth of who we are and what is coming for us offers us the freedom to love others, without the fear of missing out. Chasing all the things this world has to offer us will never be fully satisfy us, but when we say yes to Him and step into the moments He has for us, we find true life. And with Him, we are not only fully satisfied in the here and now, but there’s even more to come.