Live by Faith
Topic: Heaven Passage: Revelation 22:1–22:7
A Recap from Sunday’s Sermon
Preaching Text: Revelation 22:1-7
Every day we feel pressure that we need more, better things, and experiences. The unspoken premise is: self-fulfillment leads to satisfaction. This makes the assumption that this life is all there is so you have to get it all in now. Yet the Scriptures tell us only when sin and death ceases and we are with God for eternity will we find true satisfaction. Therefore, we can live a life of sacrifice and simplicity now, because we know we will be satisfied then.
So what picture does Scripture paint of the new heavens and new earth? Revelation 22:1-3 tells us of a garden city, with even greater natural beauty than our current earth. Yet the heavenly city has all of the ingenuity and cultural marks of the greatest earthly cities, without the curse of sin. Additionally, from the throne of God will flow “a river of delights” we can feast on including the finest of foods (Psalm 36:5-9, Is 25:6). Therefore, we don’t need to indulge ourselves in every natural, cultural, or culinary experience in this life, because we know we will be satisfied in the next. Finally, the most amazing experience of heaven will be when we can see God face to face (Rev 22:4). Now we live by faith, but then we will live by sight. Because of Christ, we will be able to stand before God completely holy and pure (1 John 3:2-3).
Taking It Home:
In what ways have you unconsciously believed this life is all there is? What are you currently fixated on in this life that you hope to bring you satisfaction? Hebrews 12:1-2 encourages us to fix our eyes on Jesus in order to reorient our lives to find our deepest satisfaction in him. He teaches us how to live a life of sacrifice and simplicity. Spend 20 minutes this week taking an audit of your life, asking Jesus how you can live more simply in order to give more to others.