Following Jesus is not about escaping from earth to heaven, but bringing heaven to earth.
Far too often we disembody our faith and ourselves. This way of being forgets the central doctrine of the Christian religion, the Incarnation.
The God, who created us from the soil of the earth and breathed into us life, breath, and spirit, took on our earthly form. Jesus was a baby dependent on his mother Mary’s milk for sustenance. He walked dusty roads, ate fish and bread, drank wine, and he cried at the death of his friend. He was beaten and killed by the authorities who saw him as a threat. And then his body was removed from the cross and buried in a tomb. But that was not the end of God’s humanity; it was not the end of Jesus’ body. Jesus rose from the dead, his body had life in it once again.