🎶When we all get to Heaven. What a day of that will be. When we all see Jesus, we will sing and shout the victory🎶
What a wonderful song!
It’s beautiful when we believers sing our hearts out about the day we finally leave this earth and go to where we truly belong – Heaven.
Many of us even believe that the reason why Jesus came to save us from our sins, is to take us to Heaven. Sadly, that’s not going to be the case. Why? Because the Word says so.
The whole notion of fleeing to Heaven came about as a consolation crutch during the times of great persecution and tribulation of the church. Then the slave trade era of the colonial times poured more oil to stir up that fire.
Some of the logical reasons for which I stand by what I said are these questions:
1. If we were made to go to Heaven, why weren’t we immediately transported the moment we got saved?
2. Why did God had to create the earth, make man and then put man in charge of the earth?
3. Why didn’t God make man in Heaven, like the angels?
For us to understand why Heaven is not our final destination, let’s begin by finding out our purpose.
Why Did God Make Man?
God had a purpose for making man. That purpose wasn’t to go to Heaven. Let’s take a look:
“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Genesis 1:26 NKJV
This statement is pretty plain.
God made man for the earth. He made man to have dominion over the earth. The Word “dominion” (râdâh) used here also means to rule.
Man was made to rule over the earth.
This is where kingdom comes in. When this word is divided up into prefixes, we have King (ruler) and dom(-inion). This was the kingdom given to mankind when God made us.
Man was not designed to leave earth and go to Heaven to stay forever. That doesn’t make any sense. Why then create the earth?
The Word of says in Psalm 115:14;
“The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s; But the earth He has given to the children of men.”
Psalms 115:16 NKJV
All creation is God’s domain. However, Heaven is His seat of rulership.
He decided to have kids (children in His image and after His likeness). But if they were to be like Him, they needed to have a place to rule.
They can’t usurp His seat in Heaven. That’s His. They needed another place. So God made a colony – the earth, placed His children there and gave them the mandate to colonize the earth and rule it under Heaven’s influence.
Earth was given to mankind to make it just like Heaven, and rule it as Children of God.
Unfortunately, man lost the kingdom to the enemy when man disobeyed, and man was separated from God.
Which was why Christ came. He first came to fix the issue of sonship (restore to us our status as children of God) by taking care of the sin factor that set us apart from God in the first place (John 1:12).
Now that we are back on track as children of God, we’re now ready to rule. Here comes the second part of His assignment: To restore the Kingdom that mankind lost.
That was why His message was always about the kingdom.
I love how the MSG Bible puts it:
“This Isaiah-prophesied sermon came to life in Galilee the moment Jesus started preaching. He picked up where John left off: “Change your life. God’s kingdom is here.”
Matthew 4:17 MSG
He came to announce that the Kingdom has arrived on the earth.
The same thing happened when He taught His disciples how to pray:
“In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.”
Matthew 6:9-10 NKJV
He taught them to pray concerning the kingdom coming to earth. For God’s will (influence) to be done on earth just as is done in Heaven.
It has always been about the kingdom – about its Headquarters in Heaven colonizing the Earth with its influence and culture.
Back To The Purpose of Man
Man was made to rule earth under Heaven’s influence. Man lost the kingdom, God restores it through Christ. That’s the order of things.
However, that’s not all. Back in the beginning, when God made mankind, He blessed mankind with the instruction to multiply, fill, subdue (conquer) and rule the earth (Gen. 1:28). Mankind hasn’t been able to complete that yet because Adam lost the kingdom before he could even multiply (reproduce).
Thank God for restoring the kingdom through Christ. Now We can reign in life (Rom. 5:17), and continue our role of ruling and subduing the earth as more than conquerors (Rom. 8:37)
Let’s all bear this mindset and begin our part of the assignment in occupying and influencing the earth for the kingdom of Heaven as ambassadors.