Does God want the world to get better? 

That’s a daft question because why does God have Christians preaching good news if he doesn’t want the world to get better? And why have Jesus crying out, “The time has come, the Kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news,” Mark 1:15, if the Kingdom of God wasn’t near, and there wasn’t any good news to believe?

So, of course God wants the world to get better. And he demonstrated his wish with convincing clarity in Jesus making people’s lives better when he was here. Jesus healed all those who looked to him for healing, he sent demons packing, and his teaching stunned people into realizing there had to be another world order in operation that was so much better. And crowds followed him wherever he went, because they wanted to hear more.  

The world getting better was predicted in the Old Testament too, and it was written down so people could see it happening when it happened. And what was written was amazing, because it spoke of a great leader setting up a new world order, a grand reset that would guarantee never-ending peace. So when that leader came, get on board, because things were about to get better.

It was a bit of a shock, though, when it turned out that a carpenter’s son of humble origin was that great leader. But it gradually became obvious that he was the one predicted, by how much better people’s lives became wherever he went. And what he said to those who followed him was amazing too, because after a life of doing amazing miracles that changed people’s lives for the better he said, “You can now do what I’ve been doing, and even greater things after I’m gone.” 

Meaning there are people in existence right now who are demonstrating God making this world better. How? By living what Jesus taught and showing what happens to them. Or as Jesus put it in Matthew 5:16, “let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” 

So God isn’t hiding what he’s up to, he has people “shining” what he’s doing by the kind of people they are and what they do. They’re not treading water waiting to be whisked up to heaven one day, they’re clued in to Jesus saying God’s kingdom is “near,” that God’s new world order is happening right here and right now. Meaning we can be part of the action now, making this planet home of ours into what God had in mind when he created it, and that he perfectly equipped us for too.  

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