The WEEKLY BLOG
3rd November 2019
Heaven can wait?
How often do you think of heaven? Probably not frequently. And who can blame you when it is often portrayed as full of fluffy clouds and infant cherubs (not even adult angels) playing harps. And on top of this there is the accusation that those who do so are 'so heavenly-minded are of little or no earthly use' - who would want that accusation?
The twentieth century Christian C. S Lewis however wrote: 'If you read history, you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.'
The reason for this is that to Christianly think of heaven is to think of the God of heaven and to do that leads to engagement with this world because
God engages with this world. We will think of that in a few weeks when we celebrate the coming of God into the world in the birth of his Son.
A few weeks ago Samara Levy. the founder of the charity which bears her name, which sent over 120 lorry loads of aid to the Syria and neighbouring countries spoke at Holy Cross. What was striking about her story was how what she did emerged from her engagement with God in prayer.
You want to be of earthly use? Spend time with the God of heaven. Strange but true! Don' let heaven wait.