Thursday, May 28, 2009

This week's lesson: heaven

This is not Heaven -- not yet, anyway.

As the Lord's Prayer points out, Heaven is the place where God's will is done. As such, there is no sin in Heaven -- no sin, no suffering, no sorrow, and no death. No, Heaven is a place of shalom, a place where everything is the way it should be.

And trust me: one look around Planet Earth should be enough to convince you that we do not live in Heaven.

But that doesn't mean Heaven cannot live in us.

God is with us, after all. He is at work in our lives. And we can pray that His will may be done here on Earth -- in the lives of His followers -- just as it is in Heaven.

That's why Jesus could speak of a kingdom yet to come -- yet he could also say, "the kingdom of God does not come visibly, nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or "There it is,' because the kingdom of God is among [or "within"] you."

When we do God's will, in other words, we are part of God's kingdom -- and in the process, we give people a taste of what Heaven will be like.

In short, this Earth is not Heaven -- not yet.

But we can give people a chance to see it from here.

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