I was talking with a man who recently returned from working in central Asia for several months. He went to be of assistance to folks living there in whatever way he could. He ended up building roads for part of the time. It’s the kind of work he can sink his teeth into. What I mean is he can be asked, “Can you build a road between this village and that?” And he knows how to do it. He can just go, no handholding. He was willing but it wasn’t his intention to go there to build roads.
He made the comment that he reckoned that anything done to the glory of God would be there in the new earth. If he made a road to the glory of God it will be there when we get back here. The concept struck me. Certainly that would be true of caring for God’s earth! If we plant trees to the glory of God wouldn’t the new earth be more like a lush garden then a paved parking lot? Unless of course that parking lot was made to the glory of God. At least a city with a great park system and lots of green space would be a better picture of the new earth. That sounds so much more pleasant than the Nairobi I picture these days with the garbage heaps and puffs of diesel exhaust.
We’re here now. It’s my great desire to spend myself on behalf of God’s great Name for the sake of those who are “hungry and afflicted.” Isaiah 58 says that if we do that we will be like a well-watered garden. – to His glory.