Glimpses of Heaven
When Jesus taught us to pray, he started with these words:
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:9-10 NKJV).
I think we may have misunderstood what he meant. I was raised to use it to focus on what is to come — we’d sing about Heaven and how great it will be – no sickness, no death, no war; instead there’d be health, life and peace and so much more. John Ortberg explains your kingdom come, your will be done to mean make up there come down here. The idea is that in Jesus, and now in those who follow him, God’s kingdom is here. That is not to say there isn’t a Heaven waiting for us at some point. It is to say that in Jesus, and in Christians, we should see glimpses of Heaven.
So, if you want to see what Heaven might look like, just look at people who follow the way of Jesus:
- When I see people in poverty become equipped to not be limited by it, that’s Heaven.
- When I see someone who with HIV receive nutrition and education that promote their health and life so that the illness doesn’t overtake them, that’s Heaven.
- When I see a child with a disability learning and playing in school along typically-abled children, that’s Heaven.
- When I see a church family and its leadership made up rich and poor, those with disabilities and those without, white or black or any colour in between, the well and the ill, men and women, that’s Heaven.
Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Make up there come down here.
It’s on me, as a person who follows the way of Jesus, to live and behave and belong in a way that is indicative of this thing or place called Heaven. When Jesus prayed that prayer as an example for us, He was teaching us how to live. We are to be examples of up there while we’re down here.
On Saturday this week I get to participate in the Ride for Refuge in support of Christian Horizons. We’re raising money to help people with disabilities here at home and in the developing countries where we work. There’s a team in Sarnia that’s riding as well. They’re the The Sarnia Bluewater Bravehearts and they’re made up of people with and without disabilities, some who even use wheelchairs. Imagine that, someone who can’t get around without a wheelchair participating in a North American event that is primarily a bike ride to promote awareness and raise funds for disability causes here at home and around the world. Quite literally, there’s a child with disabilities in Ethiopia or Guatemala that will go to school because of the Sarnia Bluewater Bravehearts. Please click one of the links if you want to help this expression of Heaven – where disability won’t be a barrier – we’ll all belong.
What’s your expression or image of Heaven?