A Little More Like Heaven

We know this world will never be perfect, but let's talk about how listening to Jesus and following Him can make an imperfect world a little more like heaven.

So God created human beings in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”

Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened.
– Genesis 1:27-30 (NLT)

In the Garden of Eden, which was basically paradise on earth before we messed it up, God asked Adam and Eve to reign over the animals and govern the land. But they did so by always listening to His commands and advice. He walked among them, and they loved Him.

Things were awesome until one day they decided to do something He’d asked them not to do. They wanted to do things their own way. And suddenly messiness was introduced into the world.

I think about that moment a lot, because it was basically the turning point between paradise forever and the world we have now. If we could live the same way now that Adam and Eve lived at first in the Garden – listening to God’s advice and letting Him guide us – the world would be like heaven.

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We would have clean air, fully bellies, healthy bodies, safe and beautiful spaces. Because instead of asking, “what’s easy, convenient, makes me the most money, or gives me what I want,” every human being would ask, “what’s good and true and blesses others?”

That’s why one person listening to Jesus and following Him makes a difference. Every one of us who follows Him and takes His advice in all things makes the world a little bit more like heaven. A little closer to the world He designed until He comes and finishes the job.

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Picture of a Cloud by mel twocan. Adapted for this post by Stephanie Oh.

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8 comments

  1. Can’t wait for heaven and can even wrap my head around how amazing it will be. Complete perfection…hmm. I honestly look forward to the day I will be there. Good food for thought on the ways we can make this place more like it by our actions. I think too just not taking for granted those moments when we get a little taste of it. Like savoring the small stuff like the sound of the crickets at night. Or an amazing fall breeze. Ya know those moments where even for a second all seems right and amazingly peaceful. I’m trying to be more intentional about stopping and soaking those in, just enjoying His creation.

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    1. Yes, I just totally realized we’re His people – we have access to His advice in all things and we have His Spirit to help us do our best, too, so isn’t that the point of us being disciples? (Yes, there are things I’ll be understanding more and more until I’m in heaven… 🙂 )

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  2. I like the way you’ve distilled this down to the heart–the reason it was Eden to begin with was because of the relationship Adam and Eve had with God, and that relationship was founded on their communion with Him and their obedience to Him. If that’s really what made Eden so amazing, then shouldn’t we be striving for that communion and relationship, too? I know we’re never going to have full access to that same kind of relationship while we’re still in this world, but certainly we’ve been called to obey and commune with Him in spite of our limitations. And you are so right–even one person striving to live like that *does* have an impact on the world for the better. This encourages my heart because oftentimes I get overwhelmed by the needs of the world and feel like I am too small and weak to make any impact. This is a very freeing and hopeful thought, that walking rightly with God is what really makes a difference in the world, no matter who we are.

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    1. Yes, it is totally freeing and hopeful! I agree. Sometimes it’s the most simple things that are the hardest for me to see. I think there was probably a little light bulb floating over my head that went off when He showed me this one. 🙂

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