Sunday, May 24th, 2009
"If in this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied." (1 Corinthians 15:19)
How sad if one entertains no hope beyond life in this present world! "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we are to die" is the attitude of those who believe that this is all there is.
(1 Corinthians 15:32) But there is a future, a "new heavens and new earth that we are awaiting according to [God's] promise, and in these righteousness is to dwell." (2 Peter 3:13) At that time Christians can enjoy "the real life," that is, "everlasting life" in perfection, either in heaven or under the loving rulership of God's Kingdom government! (1 Timothy 6:12) Only God's Kingdom will have complete success in solving mankind's problems. Working to advance interests of God's Kingdom is thus the most purposeful endeavor anyone can pursue. (John 4:34) While we engage in that work, we enjoy a blessed relationship with our heavenly Father.
(Watchtower issue: 10/01/07, 1:10, 11)