“I can’t wait to meet Jesus.” “Are you saved?” These and many similar statements tell us how anxious many of us are to “get to heaven.” As Christians, many of us cloister, insulate, isolate and segregate ourselves from the world to assure we’ll be ready and able to make that trip.
Problem is, Jesus promised heaven to those who believe in Him and who obey His commands. He NEVER commanded us to “go to heaven.”
All of Jesus’ commands of us can be summarized in the Great Commandment, to love, and the Great Commission, to spread the Good News. Both of these are to be done right here, on earth. “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
There’s no question that this earth has become an evil, messy place. But to fulfill Jesus’ commands, we can’t evade or avoid it. We can’t truly love one another at arms’ length. We can’t spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ without reaching out, getting dirty.
The Kingdom of Heaven awaits us as promised. In the meantime, we’re commanded to get busy, get dirty and WORK here, on earth, now.
Alive in The Word