Since the beginning, God’s desire has been that we would experience the same kind of life on earth as in heaven, in and through our relationship with God and our relationships with one another. Jesus said in John 10:10, “I came that they may have life and life to the full.” He was talking about our lives today, on earth.
When Jesus was about to die, He said that it was better for Him to go away so that He could send the Holy Spirit who would live inside of everyone who believed in Him so that they could carry on the work that He started of establishing the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. 2 Corinthians 5:20 says that, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.”
When Jesus lived on earth, He spent His time giving life to people, helping them connect with God in a personal way, freeing them from hopeless situations, healing them of their diseases and casting out evil spirits. Jesus spent His life freeing people of everything that kept them from experiencing the fullness of heaven while on earth. He is the definition of life, of hope.
God’s plan is that the Church would literally continue to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth today just as Jesus did. Imagine what life might be like if everyone in the world had the opportunity to experience the power of a relevant and real God in their life through life-giving churches worthy of their cities! This is God’s desire.