“For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;” 2 Corinthians 4:15-17.
The problem with the us today is not that there are too many people who are passionately in love with heaven. The problem is not that professing Christians are retreating from the world, spending half their days reading Scripture and the other half singing about their pleasures in God -all the while indifferent to the needs of the world as we see. The problem is that professing Christians are spending ten minutes reading Scripture and then half their day making money and the other half enjoying and repairing what they spend it on. I see myself in this picture, I got to change for real, and will be happy for taking right giant leaps each day! What about you?
See, God never commands a Christian to be happy if there is nothing to look forward to. For the gospel is the good news that there is always something to look forward to — something so good that any suffering that may be required of us will seem light and momentary by comparison. And since there is always a secure and happy future laid up for the Christian, the command remains in force: Rejoice always, and again I say, Rejoice! Hallelujah! Peace be unto You!