“In all this you greatly rejoice,
though now for a little while you
may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.”
1 Peter 1:6 (NIV)
C.S. Lewis once wrote, “We are afraid of the jeer about ‘pie in the sky.’ But either there is ‘pie in the sky’ or there is not. If there is not, then Christianity is false, for the doctrine is woven into its whole fabric.”
“Pie in the sky” is a derisive comment that is sometimes thrown in Christians’ faces. The expression refers to the notion that if we do not receive our reward in this life for being devout followers of Jesus then we will receive our reward after death in heaven.
The saying suggests that there is no real future reward and heaven is a hoax. There is no true pie in the sky. So Christians are belittled for thinking that they shall be blessed (receive pie) in another life for enduring suffering now.
Scripture tackles this false accusation head on. We are called soldiers (2 Timothy 2:3) in Scripture and a soldier expects to do battle and risk injury or even death fighting for their chief. So there is no hiding the fact Christians are called to a life of possible, even probable, suffering and hardship. 1 Thessalonians 3:4 (NIV)
“In fact, when we were with you,
we kept telling you that we would be persecuted.
And it turned out that way, as you well know.”
The Bible gives several reasons for believers suffering hardship in this life. Psalm 119:71 (NIV) says,
“It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.”
Difficulties in life are our teachers so that we can learn the ways of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) reads,
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness.’
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses,
so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
We only experience the gracious power of the Lord when we exhaust our own resources and have to turn to the Lord for strength.
Today as you face your own personal issues in life be encouraged—as a Christian—in the knowledge that you have all the resources of heaven to enlist. You may come to an omnipotent God and ask for grace to endure.
Finally, I urge believers to consider the glories that await us in heaven. Having our eyes set on things eternal aids greatly in the battle of this life. Turn your eyes to the thing invisible as Moses did and you shall be strengthened to go on and not quit. Hebrews 11:27 (NIV)
“By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger;
he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.”
Today rejoice that there is indeed, pie in the sky.