I’m embarrassed to say how long I’ve thought this, but here goes!
Up until recently, when someone I knew got saved and accepted Christ into their hearts and lives, I was like “Woohoo! Another person escaping Hell when they die! They get to go to Heaven! Yay!!!”
While that is all true, I really missed the point. There’s way more to salvation!
It’s not all about just making sure you wind up in Heaven one day. The truth is that as soon as you are saved, you start the journey of experiencing Heaven on Earth. Life isn’t the same.
Putting Christ on in salvation and baptism is just the first step on the road to having a relationship with God. And in this relationship, and the developing of it, is where you see Heaven on Earth. It’s where you feel his presence, his love, his grace, his forgiveness, his mercy, etc. And these things draw us closer to God.
So, I was wrong. And I’m glad I was wrong and have realized how much more is out there for us!
God’s kingdom is coming…but it’s also already here with us. Because God is here with us!
And it’s just a bonus that we get to spend eternity with him too!