Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion... Genesis 1:26a
Easter is right around the corner. Okay! It’s down the street...days away. The wonderful fact about our faith is no one and nothing can diminish or take away the truth and celebration of our Risen Lord. Not even Coronavirus COVID-19.
While I’m grateful that the sacrifice of Jesus grants us eternal access to be with God in Heaven, I gotta tell you that Heaven wasn’t God’s reason for sending Jesus to Earth to be tortured, to die and to be resurrected. If that was the case, we would have been BEAMED UP the day we gave our lives to Christ. If not Heaven, then what and why? I’m glad you asked!
Donald Lawrence wrote a song several years ago titled, “Let’s Get Back to Eden.” This song talks about God’s original intent for us. The chorus says, “Let’s get back to Eden. Live on top of the world.” The point of the song is that we get back to our original God-designed intent in creation. (If you’ve not heard this song, I encourage you to check it out.)
In the Garden of Eden, according to Genesis 1:26, God originally created us to reign, rule and dominate. Then Adam threw a seemingly monkey wrench into the plans, which didn’t catch God by surprise. BUT JESUS!!! He restored our relationship to God and gave to us the keys of the Kingdom, which places us back in position to reign, rule and dominate right here on Earth--in the here and now! Matthew 6:10 says, "Your kingdom come. Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven." We’re to bring heaven to earth by fulfilling God’s Kingdom agenda. That’s why we’re still here. Heaven can wait.
As we approach Resurrection Sunday, let’s commit for the rest of our days on this side of heaven, to BE ABOUT IT--God's Kingdom Agenda!
Let’s Pray: Father God, Thank You for the Precious Gift of Jesus Christ and all that He affords us. Thank You for trusting us with Your Kingdom Agenda. Forgive us for It not being our central, primary focus. We commit, with the help of Holy Spirit, to establish It on Earth. We commit to seek first Your Kingdom and Your Righteousness. In Jesus' Name. Amen.