From N.T. Wright’s book, Surprised by Hope:
“It was not merely that God had inaugurated the ‘end’; if Jesus, the Messiah, was the End in person, God’s-future-arrived-in-the-present, then those who belonged to Jesus and followed him and were empowered by his Spirit were charged with transforming the present, as far as they were able, in the light of that future.”
He didn’t come to take us to heaven. He came to transform the present through us – to collaborate in bringing God’s Kingdom on earth!