For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. … He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News. (2 Timothy 1:9,10b NLT)
We have limited the Gospel, salvation, mission, even discipleship to being about “spiritual” life and the hereafter. But God did not break the power of death just to illuminate the way to immortality. He also set us free to live abundant life here and now. He saved us and called us to live holy lives — not just lives that stand apart from unrighteousness, but lives that are set apart for God’s purpose in the world.
Not only are we each broken by sin, but all of creation is broken. In Christ, God makes it possible for all things to be restored. Some of the world’s brokenness will only be healed when Christ returns to inaugurate the new heaven and new earth, but so much can be restored in this life, if God’s people will just give themselves wholeheartedly to the “love your neighbor” Kingdom and quit living for themselves.