A thought about heaven to earth…
Posted on February 21, 2013
Matthew 6:9-10 states, “This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, you kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” This verse is often quoted for a variety of reasons. My aim is not to chase every interpretation and angle but to simply ask one question. That is, what is the implication of thinking from heaven to earth?
Some might say words like love, peace, and joy and I would agree with that assessment of the environment of heaven. However, is there more to the way heaven is governed that we need to pay attention too? I think so! I want to give an example and then empower you to process with God on other implications of this simple yet profound phrase.
Most of the time people actually do the opposite of Jesus statement to see earth look like heaven. What do I mean? Most of the time we look at the way things work on earth and begin to think heaven must be the best version of what we see on earth. That actually seems like a good thought, but in the end it falls drastically short, in my opinion, from Jesus intended purpose.
Let’s take the example of relationships. The best relationship on earth has love, forgiveness, openness, healthy communication, and a desire to grow in understanding with one another. Sounds heavenly! I would actually agree in part, yet it remains in lack. Why? On earth this type of relationship is achieved over years, depends on proximity of place and amount of intentional interaction, and when you don’t have time together, you begin to label your relationship as “distant.”
For a moment, lets contemplate heaven. The foundation of heaven is the relationship of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are three and they are one. The Trinity has always experienced relationship as union, they did not crescendo into union. Therefore our relationship with God on earth must be understood from heaven’s view point, which is union. We begin our relationship with God in union or in oneness with Him. We are not separate and growing into a relationship.
We begin in union and grow in our understanding of this union. When I look at the relationship of the God-head it reinterprets God’s invitation to relationship with man. From a perspective of separation that time together remedies to a perspective of union that matures and expands over time. The truth is our relationship with God begins in togetherness and simply matures in our understanding and experience of how together we have always been because of Jesus.
This shift begins to change our perspective of our human relationships. What if there is an invisible bond with your family and friends that goes beyond time and place? What if that is why you can see someone once a year and pick up where you left off? Now, let me be clear I am not saying to spend time reading your Bible and praying are no longer important. I’m simply saying that what if prayer and Bible reading are less about getting “closer” to God and more about realizing how close you are because of your union with Christ (Romans 6:5, 1 Corinthians 6:17)?
I propose that this change in understanding increases our devotional experience from a time slot to a lifestyle that you carry everywhere you go. What do you think? What’s another implication of living from heaven to earth?