Can We Long For The Rapture Too Much?

Q. As always, I echo the thanks of many countless others who are blessed by the Lord through your faithful service to Him. I have a question that I have been pondering for a while now, and I seek God’s wisdom through you about it. I wonder if it is possible to long too much for the rapture and deliverance from this brief blip in our eternal existence.

I know that where our treasure is, there our heart will also be. I also know that prioritizing eternity with God will bring a crown when that time comes. I worry though that in hoping for the rapture the way I do, I am somehow neglecting lessons learned or responsibilities or opportunities that need to be fulfilled here during this Earthly life. I am still serving in the ministry God has placed me in, still working at my job, still paying my bills, still going about the act of being human, but I find myself deeply longing, waiting, anticipating the rapture, looking forward to it more than anything else my days may bring. Is this somehow wrong – can one be so intent on the Heavenly future as to neglect the present?

A. There is nothing wrong with your attitude. In fact it’s the way every believer should feel. The Bible is clear in saying that no one can love the things of this world and the Lord at the same time. Jesus said wherever your treasure is that’s where your heart will be because no one can serve two masters (Matt. 7:21,24). He also said it’s wrong to put even our love for our family ahead of Him (Matt. 10:37). And John warned us not to love the world or any thing in it (1 John 2:15).

The middle ground between the Christian and secular worlds has all but disappeared. Those who have one foot in the Kingdom and the other in the world are being forced to make some hard choices on which way to jump.

And these things were not just written to us. Every generation has been told to first seek God’s Kingdom and His righteousness, and let the Lord take care of the Earthly things (Matt. 6:33)

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