Why is Life So Hard?

LivingForward1The sermon audio and opening story from April 23.
It was a simple enough question.  I was on a trip to London to visit friends from our church who were working in Eastern Europe.  I stayed with a young Anglican rector and his family in a picturesque suburb of the capitol.  One morning, he and I drove to see the church building where he served.  We pulled to the curb and got out.  I called out over the car top, “Do you want me to lock it?”  He didn’t intend his answer to stick with me for the rest of my life.

“Do you want me to lock the door?” 

“Oh, yes!”  he called back quickly, “It’s not heaven yet!

Those four words help capture the secret of living with joy and perseverance in the real world.

As Christ-followers, we’re called to live in unavoidable tension.  It’s everywhere in the Bible.  Theologians call it the tension between the “Now” and the “Not Yet.”  We experience God and His riches now and yet the whole story is yet to completely unfold.  


We’re asking three questions in this series, the first is, Why is Life So Hard?

All the Scriptures are taken from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, listed here:

2 Cor. 1:3-7; 8-11

2 Cor. 4:7-10

2 Cor. 4:16-18; 5:4

2 Cor. 11:16-30

2 Cor. 12:7-10

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