Heaven on Earth

On earth as it is in Heaven, a statement that no longer strange to us who heard the Lord’s prayer often. It is my favorite statement in Lord’s prayer. It is a statement of life. It is telling us that life isn’t something futile and hopeless. Life is a hope, a declaration of heaven on earth.

In this modern age, we often heard about heaven as a beautiful place where there is no tear, pain and suffering, while earth is a miserable place, probably for Christians, because salvation is about going into heaven, enjoying eternal life, and that is all, period. This information led us into believing that life is meaningless, and a cursed thing, because earth is getting more darker everyday, and those who believe in salvation, will ultimately going into heaven.

On his book The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren stated that “We are healed to help others. We are blessed to be a blessing. We are saved to serve, not to sit around and wait for heaven.” 

We are God’s creation, created in His image, and we have to function the way we are created, and that is to give hope and be a blessing.

When we receive God’s grace, then doing good things is a fruit that came from all of us who already grasped the truth. Grace should make you just, as Timothy Keller said it in His book Generous Justice.

Sometimes we intend to limit ourselves of doing good things into others. We do it only for the people whom we like, and the people who like us. But Jesus isn’t like that, He didn’t extinct what person He will serve, He didn’t see their races, class, and religion. Not everyone is your brother or sister in faith, but everyone is your neighbor, and you must love your neighbor.

It begin in little things. How you treat yourselves, how you treat your spouse, how you treat your family, how you response to other people around you, how you care about the environment, justice and many other things. We could demonstrate heaven on earth by the way we live.

N.T Wright, a Christian scholar, wrote in his book Surprised By Hope: Rethinking Heaven, The Ressurection, and the Mission of the Church 

“Jesus’s resurrection is the beginning of God’s new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord’s Prayer is about.”

Salvation is not just a free ticket of going into heaven. Heaven is not just a experience that you’ll get afterlife. Heaven is here, right now, on earth.

Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.

 

Matthew 6:10

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