The point of following Jesus isn’t simply so that we can be sure of going to a better place than than this after we die. Our future beyond death is enormously important, but the nature of the Christian hope is such that it plays back into the present life. We’re called, here and now, to be instruments of God’s new creation, the world-put-to-rights which has already been launched by Jesus and of which Jesus’s followers are supposed to be not simply beneficiaries but also agents.
—N. T. Wright