Christians are part of God's plan to usher in the New Heaven and New Earth. Jesus talked extensively about the Kingdom of God and that Kingdom was in a sense inaugurated at the resurrection of Christ. We, Christians, are people of the Kingdom and we are to be doing things to help the Kingdom flourish.
So, is your community better?
If Christianity, specifically living under God's rule and God's ways, helps us thrive and flourish, then how are you affecting your community? I'm convinced that if we live for Jesus our communities will be improved.
We are Kingdom people who are not yet fully living in the Kingdom. God's direct and obvious rule of earth is not here fully yet. We are in a way aliens and strangers, as Peter would say. We are foreigners dwelling in the world as it is now. So, how do we live? Do we improve our communities here or do we simply wait to 'go home'?
"This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 'Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.'" Jeremiah 29:4-7
We are to seek the peace and prosperity of our community. We aren't to sit and wait to 'go home', we are to make our communities today prosper.
So, is your community better because you are in it? Is your community better because your church is in it? Are you part of what makes your community prosper, thrive and flourish?
Think about how you should do this and then do it. If you are already doing it continue, but make no mistake about it, Kingdom people make their communities better.
Do good for your community today.