In Christian teaching over the past 70 or 80 years there has been an emphasis on heaven and life after death.
In a sense, I get that. It’s huge! But I sometimes worry it has overshadowed (to an unhealthy degree) what we’re summoned to do in this life BEFORE we die.
One of the thinkers I’ve really come to admire is C.S. Lewis. He writes: “If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next.”
What he means is that the Christians who take heaven seriously are the ones who do the most to transform their present world to look more like it. They are motivated to bring heaven to earth.
In 2 Corinthians 6:1 the apostle Paul says, “As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.” It’s a way of saying that as God’s co-workers they shouldn’t receive the gift of God’s goodness and generosity without purpose. They should get off their duffs and do something with it!
He uses the phrase “co-workers,” but I like the term “co-renovators.” Because if you’re a follower of Jesus, and if you take seriously the prayer he taught us for God’s will to be done “on earth as it is in heaven,” that’s what you are.
Friends, you were made on purpose and for a purpose: To be a co-renovator with Jesus as he brings heaven to earth… in yourself, in your relationships, in your homes, in your communities, and in the world. Living for this purpose brings God glory and you joy.
Today, think through the kinds of things you pray about, talk about, and act on. God cares about his people and this troubled world. I think you should too.
Are you just waiting on earth for heaven, or are you working for heaven on earth?
By Matthew Ruttan
- Today’s “Up!” is based on Part 1 in a new series called “What’s the point? – How to link up your very normal life with God’s very extraordinary plan.” You can hear the podcast here. Enjoy!