This is the second brief post about where I feel we’ve gone wrong in the church in the big picture. The first post was about selfishness. This post is about the message we proclaim.
A common message for Christians is ‘believe in Jesus so you can go to heaven.’
Going to heaven was never the primary message that Jesus or any of his disciples proclaimed.
The good news (gospel) was that God’s kingdom had drawn near in and through Jesus and that we can live lives that are reconciled to God now, and fully and forever after our future resurrection.
The fact that we will be safely and wonderfully ‘with the Lord’ in between our death now and our future resurrection is fantastic, but it’s not the main point.
From the beginning to the end of the entire Bible, the point is for people to live our lives loving and trusting and obeying God with all our heart and loving each other as much as we love ourselves.
Jesus teaches us how to do that. And that’s exactly what we’ll be doing forever.
Christianity is not about reserving a spot in heaven, but about learning how to live as a fully alive human being – in this age and in the age to come.
“Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” John 17:3
There is no biblical Christianity that doesn’t clearly entail re-learning how to life by following Jesus. AKA discipleship.