“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)
In Scripture, God occasionally allows us a peak behind the curtain of this material world to see how He is worshiped in heaven. One can’t help but marvel while reading such accounts—Isaiah’s vision in the temple, Ezekiel’s calling at the Chebar Canal, John’s encounter with Jesus while in captivity on the island Patmos. These men experienced heaven and their lives were forever transformed as a result.
Indeed, these passages cause us to long for the bright future that awaits us in heaven. And yet it would be a huge mistake to assume that these are “future only” passages. What if I told you that these passages are crucial for how you worship in the present?
God wants to transform your life the same way He transformed Isaiah’s, Ezekiel’s, and John’s—by letting you experience heaven. That’s right—you don’t have to wait until you die to experience heaven; you can experience it now:
“[God] made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places…” (Eph. 2:5–6)
“But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God…” (Heb. 12:22–23)
Speaking in the past tense, these passages confirm that, in some mysterious way, we are already present in heaven and that heaven is present to us. But how is that possible? After all, we are still here on earth. We remain creatures bound by time, space, and physicality. How, then, could we possibly be in two places at once—earth and heaven?
The answer is, of course, Jesus.
Jesus claimed to be God’s temple (John 2:19-21), which means that heaven and earth come together in Him. Therefore, if we are in Christ—as the New Testament emphatically and repeatedly states—and if He is enthroned in heaven, then we, though worshiping on earth, are somehow with Him there. We are in two places at once, because those two places converge in the person of Jesus in Whom we live by faith (Gal. 2:20).
This means that when we gather to worship this Sunday, there will be much more happening than meets the eye. The worship taking place in Ozark, Missouri will be mysteriously mingled with the worship taking place in heaven. Will you come with a renewed awareness of that reality? Will you lift your heart to God in worship right now, asking Him to let heaven loose in every area of your life in order that you might be transformed just like Isaiah, Ezekiel, and John?
Jesus once prayed, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Each time we gather to worship Him, that prayer is being answered. Heaven and earth are converging upon us, putting the glory and love of Christ within our reach. Do you have the eyes of faith to see it? Will you take hold of it and be transformed?
Set List for Sunday, August 05, 2018:
Whole Heart (S. Curran, E. Cash, L. Giglio, B. Younker, M. Malone)
Man Of Sorrows (B. Ligertwood, M. Crocker)
Glorious Day (S. Curran, J. Ingram, J. Smith, K. Stanfill)
Jesus Paid It All by Passion (J. Grape, E. Hall, A. Nifong)
Jesus Lifted High (A. Ivey, M. Dawes)