It seems that those who talk the most about going to heaven talk the least about bringing heaven to earth. Our cultural assumptions and misunderstanding about heaven have led us to automatically think of heaven as ethereal, intangible, and as an escape destination.
Let’s talk manifestation…
We are here on this earth for a purpose, so our view of heaven should not lead to escape from the world, but fully engage with it. To be salt and light in this world. (Matthew 5:13-14 NIV) A kinetic movement to bring about God’s new world. A world that strives in the ways of the spirit. (Galatians 5:22-26 NIV)
Heaven is about accepting one’s divine responsibility to carry out God’s will on earth. (Ephesians 2:10 NIV)
Heaven is about partnering with God to make his kingdom come to fruition. (Romans 14:17 NIV) Heaven needs to be manifested. The Bible talks about a new world; our world; but rescued, transformed, and renewed. (Revelation 21:1 NIV) A world where love, peace, and joy are active.
God has looked for partners since the beginning, people (you and I) who will take their divine calling seriously to take care of the earth and each other in loving, sustainable ways. (Ephesians 1:1-11 NIV) Not to better worldly circumstances, but to change it. To order, to participate, to partner with God in taking the world somewhere.
“For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” – (1 Corinthians 3:9 NIV)
God wants us to reign in this world, which means to actively participate in the ongoing creation of the world. To take domain in areas that teach, create, and shape this world into His image. Heaven, when Jesus spoke about it, were present eternal, intense, real experiences of joy, peace, and love in this life. Heaven for Jesus wasn’t just “someday”; it was a present reality.
If God’s plan was to take his children out of this world I would argue that He would’ve taken us out already. If the idea is to leave this world in complete desolation then why even bother in trying to build your life up? Forget school. Forget having a job. Forget doing anything. Just wait for that “End Day” we all hear about despite the Bible being very clear about when that final day as we have come to call it “end of the world” will occur. (THIS GENERATION, enough said. Luke 21.)
“Heaven is both the peace, stillness, serenity, and clam that come from having everything in its right place – the state in which nothing is required, needed, or missing – and the endless joy that comes from participating in the ongoing creation of the world.” – Rob Bell, Love Wins
He wants us to do something, so this world of ours is here to stay. We are here to manifest heaven — to manifest heaven is to manifest God. God is heaven, and God is here. Now. Right here. Within you. You have heaven.
To be continued in part 3.