I’m not waiting for the afterlife

I’m currently on a 9-day, 6-city “tour” of the southeastern United States.  Before I drove away from my parent’s place in St. Louis, I went to the library and picked up a few cds including Switchfoot’s new album, “Afterlife”.

On this new album, the first song immediately stuck out in my mind:

God is making all things new and this work of redemption has already started. “The good life” for the believer who is united with Christ doesn’t start in heaven, but now. Sometimes Christians have this idea that the purpose of the Christian life is to get people saved and then to wait around for the rest of their lives until Jesus takes them to heaven. NO!! God saves his people for a purpose.

Jesus said in Mark 1:14, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” God’s promises to Abraham have been and are being fulfilled in and by Jesus. Change has happened but more change is coming.

The incredible thing is that God actually uses his people for his mission. We get to join in with what God is doing to bring healing to this world – spiritually, emotionally and physically. What a privilege!

Don’t sit around waiting for the afterlife. As Switchfoot says in this song:

“Why would I wait till I die to come alive?
I’m ready now
I’m not waiting for the afterlife”

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Chris Hatch

Seeking to love God and neighbor