Made for Another World

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“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” – C.S. Lewis

There is something about coming to this realization that enables a person to live well.

Read about the great people of faith in Hebrews chapter 11. 

“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.  People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own.” – Hebrews 11:13-14

“And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.  Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection.  Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.  They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.  These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” – Hebrews 11:32-40

There is something in me that wants to live like they lived.  I want that to by my story… OK, maybe not the part about being sawed in two or stoned or killed by the sword or being destitute.  But I want to have the effect that I was created to have.  I want to live authentically so that I force the world to reckon with me.  But most of the time I am too busy trying to arrange for my own satisfaction.  Part of me still thinks that if I just had deeper relationships, or happier children, or more money, or more time, or more influence I would be satisfied.  So I am preoccupied.

We are all hungry.  We are all unsettled.  We all yearn for something we do not have, even if we don’t know what it is.  We are all searching frantically.  Most of us think we have a good idea about what we’re missing.  Most of us are still hoping that we can get it together.  We can even visualize our destination.  Then we spend our lives trying to bring it to fruition.

At some point we receive a gift.  We actually get there.  We actually gain some of what we have been chasing.  We actually arrive… and then it sinks in.  We realize that those things we have been chasing offer none of the satisfaction that we hoped for.  It’s depressing at first, but it’s a gift.  It’s an opportunity for freedom.  It’s the chance to start living by faith… faith that you will receive the things promised… faith that your desires are pointing to a glorious fulfillment “beyond the walls of this world” (J.R.R. Tolkien)… and then you feel like you could really live.  Then you feel like you could really love.  A new story begins.  That story will cost you everything and at the end of it you will be made perfect… you will arrive.