Heaven on Earth
It’s not uncommon for Christians to invest all their hopes in heaven and squander their opportunities on earth while they wait. But that perspective assumes heaven and earth are two different places rather than overlapping realms; and it assumes a chronological sequence that isn’t exactly biblical. The result is that millions of people look to God wondering why he hasn’t already taken us to heaven. Meanwhile, God looks at us and wonders why we don’t bring heaven to earth.
We can, you know. One of the New Testament’s consistent themes is that heaven is coming to earth. How and when is a matter of debate, but the fact of it comes from Jesus' own mouth. We have already become citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20) and are seated with Christ in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). On top of that, Jesus urged his disciples to pray that God’s kingdom would come on earth as it already is in heaven. That’s a battle cry for his people to bring their citizenship and God-given authority to bear in their daily lives, here and now. We pray the blessings of heaven onto the people around us. We call their true, God-given selves out from under their layers of guilt and shame. We demonstrate how much better his ways are than those devised by fallen hearts and minds.
So while we wait for heaven, heaven waits for us—to open our eyes, to stop deferring God’s goodness to another age, to pour its blessings into a needy world. If that doesn’t get you going in the morning, nothing will. It makes our lives more relevant to the world around us, makes our purpose more immediate, and fills our days with meaning. And it has huge implications for how we live right now.
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