In my last post, I commented on the fact that my mum was now in the presence of God. The most common way of referring to where she now is “heaven.”
Since I wrote that, I’ve had the words of a song running through my mind.
“Hallelujah, sing like the angels do
We don’t have to wait ‘till this life is through
No separation, He has raised us up
We don’t have to wait, Heaven’s here with us.”
I remember the Belinda Carlisle song “Heaven is a place on earth.” I’m pretty sure she isn’t talking about the place that I call heaven, but it got me to thinking, how do you define Heaven? I think one of the simplest ways is to say that Heaven is where God is.
When Jesus returned to the Father, He promised to send Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit was to come and dwell in our hearts. To live inside each believer. The God who created the Universe living inside me.
If Heaven is where God is, then Heaven is alive and well within each Christian. Heaven really is a place on earth. In fact, Heaven is in nearly 2.2 billion places on earth.
Why doesn’t it feel more like what we imagine Heaven to be like? I think there are two main reasons for this. First and foremost, when Adam ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the perfect earth, the perfect relationship that man had with his Father was broken. Sin entered the perfection that God had created, and in 2018 we continue to feel the effects of this.
The second reason is that a large percentage of Christians have no idea that they have heaven inside, them, or how to access it. I once heard someone say that “Holy Spirit is living inside of us and is desperate to get out.” That’s not to say that He doesn’t want to be there, rather that He wants to influence the world we live in. We are leaky vessels. As we empty, we can be filled. For some, we don’t wait to be emptied before refilling. It’s a constant process. Others sadly seem to spend most of their lives trying to plug the holes so He can’t escape.
Paul tells us in Romans 8 that “creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.”
If only we would let Him out, then through us, maybe the world would look a bit more like Heaven. A place where God is. Where God is welcome.
Yes, we get to go to a place that has been prepared for us, but we get to experience it now too.
I pray that this Christmas, you will find the heaven inside you, and let Him out, to influence the world around you.
(If you want to hear the song that prompted this post check out Heaven is here – Mercy Me)