Heaven in the Real World

Started out this morning in the usual way. I woke up with a song in my head. It was Paul Oakley‘s "Because of You." So I listened to it, because that’s what I do when I have a song in my head. 

It says:

There’s a place where the streets shine with the glory of the Lamb.

There’s a way we can go there, we can live there beyond time.

No more pain, no more sadness, no more suffering, no more tears

No more sin, no more sickness, no injustice, no more death

There is joy everlasting, there is gladness, there is peace

There is wine ever flowing, there’s a wedding, there’s a feast

Because of You, because of You,

Because of Your love, because of Your blood.

All our sins are washed away and we can live forever

Now we have this hope, because of You

Oh we’ll see You face to face and we will dance together

In the city of our God, because of You

And I thought about the Lord's prayer, how it teaches us to say "Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." And so my question is "what can we be doing to make earth more like heaven?"

Specifically as worship leaders, team members, and pastors, how can we make our churches more like heaven?

I mean, we're the ones that get to decide how things happen in our sphere of influence. 
  • Will our rehearsal have the fingerprints of God on it?
  • Does the way that we create spaces to meet with God in gathered worship leave us speechless?
  • If you are not the leader, but rather serve on the team, do you do so in such a way for that it's clear you're doing it for the sake of the call and not just because you're on the schedule?
  • Let us pray in such a way that reveals that we actually believe Jesus' model wasn't just for the "super spiritual."

Let Coach Jeremy kickstart your thinking:

"One possibility would be to remind our congregations, our teams, and ourselves that the world we live in isn’t our final home, and as long as we’re here, we can respond to invitations to be part of God’s work toward perfect peace. These invitations could be anything from small acts of kindness that don’t take a lot of time, energy, or forethought, but they could also be helping folks exercise their witness to God’s peace through getting involved in works that benefit the community (clean up initiatives, working for equitable school funding, getting improvements to a park, etc.). Another way is remind the church of the work they are already doing; talk about not only about the programs of the church but maybe also talk a bit about why the church feeds the hungry, clothes the naked, visits the sick, etc."

Clearly, we are not home yet. But we are God's ambassadors to bring about the change that He desires.

- Dave

ps. Kudos if you picked on on the eight SCC references...bonus if you tell me what they were :)