There’s this idea floating around the Christian community that this world is not our home. It’s a biblical concept that I think has gotten skewed. Peter talks about it. Paul talks about it. We are reminded to live like citizens of Heaven, worthy to spread the Good News of Jesus. Meaning, we are to live in a way that makes people want to know the Jesus we know. It’s a concept that brings hope to many people. When we feel like we just can’t take much more life on this earth, because it is hard and it is painful, we can have hope that this world is not the end. Something much better awaits us.
It’s true, but it’s a dangerous concept, too. I think there are many Christians that skew this thought and sit around just waiting for their future home in Heaven. Like Chris Seay said in his Culture Maker Series talk, we go through this life as if this world is a public bathroom. We try to get in and out without touching anything!
I hate to tell you this but: This world IS your home. At the end of the end, God will make the world; everything we already know, NEW. He created this world for you, for your pleasure! In the beginning, He gave Adam and Eve a perfect garden. Everything worked together. Humans and animals were not afraid of each other. Food was readily available for every living thing on this earth. There was no sin; there was no pain. Then we made a choice that shook the core of the earth. Since that day, this world has not been what God created it to be, but it will again someday. We’ll live in a new Heaven AND A NEW EARTH.
I know where the Christian artists are going with this thought, and I have beautiful friends that have been getting through each day with the hope that this world is not the end. And they’re right. But I disagree with the #1 Christian song in America today. This IS where we belong. God put us here on this earth for today. If we live life with the mind set that we are just waiting until the day that God takes us to our eternal home, then we are missing the WHOLE point of LIFE!!!
This world is absolutely amazing! I think we’ve lost the wonder of it all. Let me remind you. Watch this.
It is absolutely breathtaking. This world was created for YOU. Enjoy it. Remind others of its sheer wonder. Take care of it. Leave it more beautiful than you found it. My boys are inheriting this world in this life. Adam’s first job was to take care of the animals and land he was given. After they sinned, God sent Adam out into the world to cultivate the land from which he came.
But even more than that, we have to use Jesus as our example as we LIVE in this world. He didn’t treat it like a public bathroom, that’s for sure. He got his hands dirty. He got out in it and touched things and people that no one else would go near.
Paul talks in Philippians 1 about how dying would be better for him, but concludes that it’s best for everyone that he lives. He said that in the last years of his life. There are seasons when we just need to cling to the hope that Heaven awaits us, but for most of our lives, we need to live to the fullest. Jesus came so that we may have LIFE and have it to the full. He left us to go prepare heaven, but he came to show us how to live life here on earth. Yes, this world is flawed, but we’re called to live as ambassadors for God. Our job is to do our best to make it right again.
So, Go. Live.
Enjoy this world.
This world IS our home.