by Derrick Coble
Go Green! Help the environment! This is the only world we have-take care of it!
People are so conscious of clean air, clean water, and clean homes, but what about clean lives?
The earth is not our permanent home. We are just visiting as strangers and pilgrims (Hebrews 11:13). Even so, it seems that more people are concerned with chlorofluorocarbons than the church of Christ. Earth Day takes precedence over Sunday, pine trees over praying knees, critters over Christ, and dead water over living water!
Yes, this is our Father’s world (Psalm 24:1) and we ought to take care of it. However, we have something else which belongs to our Father that is far more important than any dog or frog — an eternal soul (Ezekiel 18:4).
It is from the earth in which we have been made. It is where we live, eat, and where our bodies will return at death (Ecclesiastes 12:7). We are earthy people with earthly minds. We do not pretend to comprehend the nature of the heavenly but we all “desire a better country, that is, an heavenly” (Hebrews 11:16, KJV). Yet, that heavenly country sometimes seems so far away.
Some speak of heaven as a diluted dream or a fanciful fairy tale. We might even catch ourselves wondering what it would be like “if we were there.”
Christian, you will be there (Romans 8:1)! Jesus said heaven is prepared and real. If it were not real, he would have told us (John 14:1-3). Jesus is the word, (John 1:1,14) and the word is truth (John 17:17). Do you believe him?
Peter told us of “an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:4).
Heaven is green. It has been green and will be green long after the earth is gone because nothing defiled or polluted will ever be there. Pollution comes from sin. The green life is one that abstains from the pollutions of the earthly world (Acts 15:20; 2 Peter 2:20), in order to enter the heavenly world.
That is the difference between the earthly man and the heavenly man. Earthly minded individuals focus on what they have done for themselves but heavenly minded individuals focus on what God has done for them (Matthew 7:7-11; James 1:17).
While in the body, we live amidst the crooked, perverse, and profane — Satan’s sinful agents who detect and destroy. It is a tragic reminder of the first earthy man and woman enticed to sin in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2-3). Christians are mere earthy Adam’s dressed in the blood of Christ (Galatians 3:27; Revelation 1:5) with a living hope of bearing Christ’s heavenly image.
The apostle Paul explained it by saying,
“The first man [Adam] is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly” (1 Corinthians 15:47-49).
Thus, our earthy nature will not continue. We all have a dying earthy side and a living spiritual side. The earth and the physical body will not be everlasting (2 Peter 3:10). However, the spirit is eternal (Matthew 25:46). Knowing this, what is really more important–a green earth that will not continue or a “green” spirit that will live forever? Are we focused on the earthy or the heavenly?
Go Green! Clean up your life.
Derrick Coble preaches for the West Sparta church of Christ in Sparta, TN. He is a 2004 graduate of the Memphis School of Preaching who has published a tract and Bible reference card on the Lord’s church and teenage issues in various brotherhood publications. Derrick is married to Mindy and has two children: Halle and Haden.