I was watching the inauguration the other day and was amazed and overwhelmed by the ceremony of it all. I can only imagine what it must feel like to stoically walk through the capital building and outside to see thousands of people waiting there in anticipation for your swearing in. I cannot fathom what must go through the mind of the president-elect as he places his right hand on that tattered, old Bible and promises to serve our country with honor. Talk about achieving an unbelievable measure of greatness tempered with humility.
Even though the position of President is one that brings great respect and responsibility, that person, along with everyone else in this world, was made for something greater. Even though there are rewards and amazing happiness in this life, we were created for a far greater purpose. Our ultimate happiness should not be found here on this earth. If you’re looking for it here in the form of wealth or power or prestige, your settling for much less than the best.
Jesus teaches us that his kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36). And his kingdom exists not only for Jesus but also for all who follow him, for all of the children of God. That means the best is yet to come. God has far more in store for you than what you see here. Now, I have to admit that what we have here is pretty good. There are plenty of reasons that we have for enjoying this life. When we experience true love or hold our newborn baby or achieve an important, lifelong goal, we usually experience the height of human happiness. But there are even better pleasures that await us upon our arrival into heaven.
I am personally looking forward to being in a constant state of fellowship with our Savior Jesus Christ. I can’t wait to look upon his perfection and glory. I’m looking forward to an eternity of no evil or sadness, of no death, poverty, or hatred (Revelation 21:4). There will be no desire to run the rat race of life or ever worry about tomorrow. There will only be God and every saint in all of history there to worship him.