So I’ve been having thoughts that I’m positive are unpopular.
I read a book a few years ago by everybody’s favorite Calvinist (or not), John Piper. The book is provocatively titled Don’t Waste Your Life.
Piper’s premise in Don’t Waste Your Life is simple – all of us were created in the image of God and bought by Jesus’ blood to bring glory to God. You’re either a Christ-follower, or God is calling you to be one. Those who accept that calling will live lives that glorify God, and those who don’t will waste their lives chasing after things that don’t ultimately matter.
Words etched into a plaque that hung above his mother’s kitchen sink when he was young shaped his thinking from an early age:
Only one life,
‘Twill soon be past.
Only what’s done,
For Christ will last.
So here’s what I’ve been pondering: when Christ-followers inhabit the New Heaven and New Earth, what will we reminisce about?
Will our thoughts be dominated by past headlines? Will we reminisce about the deeds and policies of former politicians, kings, and princes? Will we debate which technological advancements played the greatest role is shaping past society?
Or could it be the only things we will judge worthy of remembrance were those things done in the name of Jesus Christ? Could it be that those are the only things that will, in an ultimate sense, have a lasting impact?
I like Apple products. I appreciate being able to reap the benefits of the technological revolution spawned by the inventions of a brilliant mind. I am a fan of creativity, and believe it to be a characteristic of God infused in a humanity created in His image.
But will any great inventor’s inventions, in themselves, amount to a hill of beans in eternity?
Will we reminisce about them in the New Heaven and New Earth?
Or did the architect behind Apple Computers, despite his great impact on everyday life, waste his own?