You might have recently heard about Harold Camping. A California-based radio broadcaster, he has made news for his end of days predictions and his influence over thousands of followers who have given to and supported his claim of the coming Judgment Day. Camping predicted that the end of the world would be ushered in last Saturday, May 21, 2011, and that 200 million Christians would be raptured amidst global earthquakes.
Many have written in jest or condemnation or love about this topic, but what struck me most was a thought I had on Saturday morning. Knowing that Camping’s Judgment Day had arrived, and assuming it was another false prophecy consistent with a ministry rife with false teaching, I still wondered what it would be like for Christ to return that day. As I contemplated this Second Coming, here’s what I thought: I’d really like to finish the house first.
You see, we’ve been building our first home for the past year, and we’ve poured ourselves, our time, and our money into finishing this project. The process has gone much slower than we’ve liked, or even thought possible, and we have found ourselves “2 weeks away” from being done for about 3 months now. As of today, I think we’re about two weeks away =).
In all this, I’m reminded of a question John Piper poses in God Is The Gospel: “If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauty you ever saw….could you be satisfied…if Christ was not there?” The question I ask myself today is similar: What do I want most today—Jesus, or something else?
Paul contemplated this question and chose well. “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” (Phil 3:8). So while we live on earth, and work our jobs, and build our houses, and love our families, and fellowship with believers, and share the gospel with others, and enjoy God’s goodness to us, let us also desire with Paul to see, know, and have Christ above all other things.
Question: What in your life are you treasuring above Christ these days?