There is no question that there is an unseen world. The problem is, how far is it from midtown and how late is it open? – Woody Allen
The gospel is all about caring for the real human needs of people, not just about getting them into heaven.
Suppose you see a brother or sister who needs food or clothing, and you say, “Well, good-bye and God bless you; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So you see, it isn’t enough just to have faith. Faith that doesn’t show itself by good deeds is no faith at all—it is dead and useless. (James 2:17)
Jesus Christ brought the kingdom of heaven to earth, but He didn’t just touch down for a momentary appearance. Sometimes we forget He carried on a ministry here for three years. He connected with and did something about the suffering needs of the sick, dying, and mentally ill. Faith in action brings two worlds together.
The reality of heaven doesn’t make earth less real or less important. If our longing for heaven and focus on eternity is disengaging us from earth, we should probably check and see if we have the right heaven. If we have the right heaven, the opposite should happen. The more committed we are to heaven (the more we get an eternal perspective on life) the more deeply we will be committed to this life and those around us. Heaven brings meaning to earth, not an escape. It brings dignity to every human being, a reason for our existence and a desire to want to connect everyone to God.
When Jesus came, one of the first things He did was announce that the kingdom of heaven had come. This is it. Heaven is here. Let’s live in such a way as to answer Mr. Allen’s question with an unseen world that is right around the corner, and open all night.