Monday, November 23, 2015

What to be Thankful for When You Can't Find Your Ivory Tower

I’ve been thinking of ivory towers lately.

Someplace terrorists won’t target, unborn babies are safe, and recreational marijuana isn’t legal.

Appropriately, this song comes to mind: “This world is not my home.”

But while I’m just a-passin’ through,” it sure would be nice to find an ivory tower to live in.

The Bible tells us very little about heaven—mainly what won’t be there.
                No tears.
                No sighing.
                No night.

And it leaves the rest to our imagination.

Imagine this:“There will be no more curse.” (Revelation 22:3)
                No terror attacks.
                No abortions.
                No drugs.

No more gossip, strife, impatience, unthankfulness.

Sin won’t exist.

While we live here, we will never find an ivory tower, because we can’t escape the problem of sin. Around us. Or in our own hearts.

If we did find an ivory tower, not one of us would fit there.

In Colossians, Paul tells us that out of everything there is to be grateful for, one thing sits at the top of the list.

Our Father has qualified us “to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.” (Col. 1:12)

We will fit in a place one day where there will be no more sin.

When you can’t find your ivory tower, be thankful for this.

“Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us
to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.“ (Colossians 1:12)


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