Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Little Heaven on Earth

By Allen White

your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10

What do you imagine Heaven is like? Some people picture Heaven as saints and angels sitting on clouds and playing harps. Some might dread that Heaven actually resembles the lengthy altar services on Sunday night that seemed eternal. Others might imagine the wealthy description of Heaven that John gives in Revelation. Streets of gold = cash for gold. Cha-ching.

Think about how people will treat each other in Heaven. From what the Bible tells us about Heaven, there will be no sorrow or mourning or paid (Revelation 21:4). There is no sin in Heaven (Revelation 21:27). What will that Heavenly society be like with no lies or gossip or slander; no anger or scheming or false motives; no pride or selfishness or putdowns? It would be heavenly, wouldn’t it?

Wrongs will be righted. Justice will prevail. Righteousness and peace will set the tone of society. Now look at Jesus’ prayer: “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” What if our relationships and our churches had the quality of the relationships and culture of Heaven? This is exactly what Jesus said we should pray.

Where do you see injustice? Are people around you being treated unfairly? Are you being treated unfairly? Are people looked down upon for their gender, their race, or their ability? Pray that God’s justice will prevail in that situation. Pray that His Kingdom will come, and His will be done.

Do you face strained relationships? Either they sinned against you or you sinned against them? Wouldn’t you like to see those relationships made right? If the tension is between two believers, then one day you will be in Heaven together. Ask God for His will to be done in reconciling. Ask for His Kingdom to come into your relationships.

You see how this goes. Heaven doesn’t have to be a faraway place where we hang out for eternity. God’s Kingdom was brought by Jesus Himself (Colossians 1:13-14). God’s Kingdom is here. It’s up to us to allow God to make this life more “Heavenly.”

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