Does It Belong?
One of the major themes of the Bible is that God is bringing about a new creation through Jesus. When we come to faith in Jesus, we become the first fruits of that new creation. Our purpose is then to spread and establish this blessing in the places where we live, work, and play. That’s what it means to be made in the image of God, in which all humans are created. We are created to reflect His goodness in the world. When our sins are forgiven and we are given the gift of His Spirit, we are enabled to do what He desires all humans to do. We do this through our love, life, and lips.
Here is something I have been thinking about lately. If we take part in establishing new creation and reconciling this world back to God, what does that look like in practice and theory? If we can’t imagine something in eternity, where there will be perfect wholeness, does it belong in our lives now?
I’m of the current belief that some things are necessary for a broken world that will not be necessary when God’s new creation is fully established at the return of Jesus Christ. I think about things like police, military, the prison system, emotions like grieving or anger, etc. I believe these are not bad, but won’t be needed in eternity after the resurrection.
However, would it be a good rule of thumb to consider areas of our life that we cannot imagine as being a part of eternity? If they aren’t necessities for a broken world, and we can’t imagine them in a renewed creation, should we be releasing those areas to God as His ministers of reconciliation?
What do you think? It’s something to think about. 🤔
(See 2 Corinthians 5:17-19; Revelation 21:3-5)