CS Lewis famously said “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” I have quoted this on many a occasion. I believe it is true. Yet as a believer in Christ, I still find myself wanting more out of life at times, that what I am experiencing is still somewhat lacking. Why is that? I’m sure the answers are legion and that many of them would point to an issue of what I am doing wrongly or how I am not experiencing God in the way that he so longs to fellowship with me. And perhaps, there is another reason, what theologians call the “Now but Not Yet-ness” of the kingdom.
This “Now But Not Yet-ness” of the kingdom is that as believers our future is secure. Our redemption is paid for and somehow not yet fully complete. It is a fact of future certitude, yet in the meantime, I live in the not yet. In thinking about this fact today, that in the meantime while we wait, while we struggle, while we seek to be more like him, to live in the reality of what is true about us, to anticipate The Return of the King, I feel like there is so much more of which I have only begun to taste. Bono says it well when he sings out, “I believe in the kingdom come. When all the colors, they bleed into one–bleed into one. Yes I’m still running! You broke the bonds and you loosed the chains. Carried the cross of my shame, of my shame. You know I believe it. But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.”
Now, I cannot speak for Bono and what he is looking for, but for me and the chorus of saints who have gone before me, I long for the day when we see that promise of his glory as a reality, when what we have tasted is no longer a taste, but a well from which we drink! A mirror no longer reflecting the reality, but the Real and true king! That day when we will stand before him with the throng of faithful singing his glorious praises! Do you not long for something more? Do you not long for a king? Do you not long for what each person on this blessed earth longs for, a savior who satisfies, who comforts those who mourn, so much so that he has loosened the chains and removed the shame once and for all? Oh but how he has already completed this work. It IS Now. It is now, but not Yet. And for this conquerer I wait.