“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10
When I used to think about the gospel, and if I’m being honest that wasn’t very much, I almost always focused on the “good news” of getting to go to heaven when my time here on earth was done.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I still think that’s really good news! I still believe that the ultimate reward for all who trust in Jesus and his redeeming work on the cross is to one day live with him forever in heaven, a perfect place that is far greater and more wonderful than anything this world has to offer. But I have learned there is so much more to the gospel than that! When I started intentionally seeking God, I began hearing the full gospel message and I realized what I’d been missing out on for way too long.
I began to learn that the gospel doesn’t just encourage us to live the kind of life where we simply take up space or barely get by while waiting to go “up” to heaven one day. The gospel also gives us the power to bring heaven “down” here right now!
“Our culture is so fixated on dying and going to heaven when the whole Scripture is about heaven coming to earth.” N. T. Wright