I was thinking about what to write about this week leading up to Easter. Pondering how Easter and compassion connect. What does Jesus’ death have to do with compassion?
To me the two have to be linked. There must be really important connections.
Imagine there is no heaven
Easter is coming up this weekend and it got me thinking about heaven, salvation and what that all means to us right now.
So often our Christian walk is about the end. Getting to heaven and maybe even more than that, avoiding hell.
But what if it all wasn’t there.
Imagine there is no heaven, at least not like we’ve been taught.
Imagine there were no pearly gates and no streets of gold. Heaven is not a place we can go.
Imagine the only heave we can ever see is right here on earth.
It’s in the lives we live right now.
Would that change the way you live? Would that affect every aspect of your life?
Would you strive after it the way you long and desire for the eternal heaven? What would you do if the only way you could ever experience heave was to do so on earth?
If the only way was for you bring heaven into your life right now by sharing God’s love and grace. Would you not make that a focus?
We so often look to the end and wait for heaven to come. We almost consider this life a trial we have to pass to get to God and in doing so we miss so much of why Jesus came and what His life and His call on us is about.
For me, I think that a life of compassion is the relentless pursuit of heaven in every moment of our lives. It’s not the pursuit of some end goal but the attempt to see heave in everything we do. It’s the attempt to share as much love and grace with the people we come in contact with so that when we’re with them they get to see and experience who God is and what heaven will be like.
This is the life God made us for. This is life to the fullest. This is about dragging heaven into the present and sharing the redemption of Easter with every moment.
The redemption that allows for faults and brokenness. The redemption that uses our darkness to share light. The redemption that says you are loved and wonderful as you are right now.
Do we live compassionate lives for us to avoid hell or because we’ve learned that this is what we were made to do and are so driven to share our revelation of love with others?
Honestly, why do you do it?
Or maybe better put why don’t you? Is it because heaven is out there and all you need to do is wait for this mess to end?
Heaven is here to be shared today, in every moment. It’s there for us to see and be a part of sharing with every relationship we have.
Isn’t that the Easter story? Redemption came to us and is here today, heaven is here today.
You make a choice every day in every relationship. Do you want to bring heaven or do you choose to bring hell?