My son and I were in a very serious car accident in December of 2006. After many legal battles and much time, the insurance company was required by the court to make a payment to Daniel. As Daniel was still a child, the court mandated that the money be put into a conservatorship. This means that while all the money belongs to Daniel, he’s unable to touch it until he reaches a certain age. It has long been his award, but it will be unrealized until a much later date.
Some of us are so untaught in God’s Word that we can’t discern the difference between God’s promises for life on earth and His promises for Heaven. This ignorance of the Bible leads us to expect – and even demand and declare – things from God which He has set aside in conservatorship for others or for eternity.
Sin within the heart demands satisfaction here and now. Promises of financial prosperity, divine health, and social superiority appeal to the heart which is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). Greed, pride, jealousy, selfishness, discontentment, and many other sins are fed and enlarged by purveyors of a man-centered gospel.
The Bible says that as Christians, our citizenship is in Heaven (Philippians 3:20); we await a heavenly country and the city there which God has prepared for us (Hebrews 11:15). It’s not material things, but every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ that God has given us (Ephesians 1:3).
Let’s stop expecting Heaven on earth and instead seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on the things on the earth. For you died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory (Colossians 3:1-4).