This is a repost from several years ago when I was first discovering that we don’t have to wait to die to experience heaven. We have an invitation now…so good and changed my life 🙂
I heard a quote this week that “being educated in something is not the same as having the substance of it”.
Jesus gives us an invitation to belong to His family, to belong in His space and Kingdom, and we are invited to explore that “country” that we now belong to when we accept Jesus Christ to be the centre of our lives.
It’s like we have been given a passport to a new country but most people are not using it. Too often we just sit at the airport and miss the heavenly places Jesus has invited us to experience with Him.
Ephesians 2:6 says that we were, “made alive together in Christ and He raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. So then if we are raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Col 3:1)
Just reading and being educated about a foreign country is not the same as living and experiencing the substance of that place.
God wants us to experience the reality, splendour and awe of heaven. We belong there. We are “called out” to be part of heavens reality and function. It is not a place we just go to when we die, but a place we are called to experience and take our place in NOW, as sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father.
It’s time those of us who know Jesus use our invitation – our passport into the heavenlies. It is stamped with the sacrificial blood of Jesus, and we are being called to take our seats. It ‘s not just important for us in this time, but for all those who are crying out for truth!
Lets not settle for the familiar, as too often the familiar can become the enemy of the future. God’s heart is for us to know Him. He has always called His people to be courageous, and to step out in faith knowing He is there!