Ever notice that every time humankind tries to build a “Utopia” on its own the “new paradise” ends up being worse than whatever preceded it? That is because we, as a race, are forever trying to return to the Eden we all, somewhere deep down, know we lost. The problem is we are trying to do it apart from God.
Building counterfeit Edens is the corporate response of souls estranged from God. The reality of our fallenness will trump the unreality of these castles we build in the air every time. We do infinitely better to take the “road less traveled” and turn our eyes upon Jesus. The transformation He brings us will not always be pleasurable in receiving but its end is the entrance of Heaven into our souls and thus, finally, our soul’s entrance into Heaven, where truly perfect pleasure will be known forevermore.
“Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.” Revelation 2:7 NIV
This thought was written by Shea Oakley. Shea is Principal Contributor for FCAP Social Media and also serves on our Advisory Board.