Heaven Up Or Down?
I think most of us grown up from a young age thinking that Heaven is up in the sky, beyond the clouds, even beyond the starts.
This has caused us to also think that we go up to Heaven when we die. Sadly, we can spend most of our lives waiting to go up to Heaven. If we can just hang on long enough and get through this crazy life on earth, then God will take us up to Heaven.
Matthew 6:7-13 MSG
““The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this: Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are. Set the world right; Do what’s best— as above, so below. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You’re in charge! You can do anything you want! You’re ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes.”
Becoming Christians here on earth does not mean we merely wait to go up to Heaven. When the disciples asked Jesus how to pray part of His response was "Your kingdom come Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven"
Heaven come down. God desires that His rule and reign would be established in our hearts and that His kingdom would permeate everything around us.
We no longer live waiting to go to Heaven but with a resolve that we will live for Jesus now and make the most of these evil times and do our best to spread the message of His grace and forgiveness to all who will turn back to God.
Earth starts to look different because Heaven comes down.