1 John 2:15-17
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.(NIV)
Your life began in darkness, in the darkness of the womb. It was once all you knew, your entire life. If someone tried to tell you that there was more to life, another life, another world of stars and grass, flowers and faces, sand castles, oceans and setting suns, what would you have thought? Was there a way for you to know about this other world? What evidence was there in the womb that should have pointed it out to you?
When you hear of a world beyond this world and a life beyond this life, when you hear of heaven, you are hearing of it like a child in the womb. You have never seen it or touched it. And yet everything within you was made to know this world and live within it. A H__________ made for a perfect love and without condition, A S__________ yearning for that, which is eternal, and a S__________ longing to dwell in a place of no death, no fear, no darkness, no tears, and no evil. And your every tear, every sorrow, and every disappointment, every unfulfilled longing is a reminder that you are not at home. You were made for something more, you were made to be a child of heaven.
For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.(NIV)