Someone recently asked me if dogs go to heaven. You look at the picture below and tell me what you think. Then they asked me about cats. You look at that cat picture and tell me if you can honestly say those things go to heaven. Okay, I joke with you, but it is a fun question. There are, I’m sure, other questions you might have about life after death. Questions like what happens right after you die? What is Judgment Day? What is heaven like? What significance does a belief in an afterlife mean for our lives here and now? We will be looking at these questions on May 28th, June 11th, and June 18th during our new message series called “Knocking On Heaven’s Door.” Although our focus is going to be life after death, it is my belief that as Christians we are called to partner with God in working to bring heaven to earth. In other words, we are to help bring about God’s will on earth and make the world the kind of place God wants it to be here and now.
To help bring heaven to earth means that we need to constantly give our lives over to God. I recently ran across a prayer that I think can help us do exactly that. I invite you to work slowly through this prayer, line by line, until your spirit catches up with the words, and you find yourself actually meaning it-desiring it. No matter what is going on in your life right now, I encourage you to just let this prayer be a way for you to be available to God this summer so that God’s will can be done in your life and “on earth as it is in heaven.”
Disturb me. Rouse me from sleepy paths of comfortable faith that too easily become dangerous ruts of safety rather than a pathway I walk with you in a kind of adventure. Forgive me for focusing more on what I want you to do for “my life” or “my ministry” than what you may want me to do for your kingdom. Help me to remember that your call is simply to follow and that you are on the move always. Push me with the lifting power of your Spirit past the stagnant places I’ve been. Prod me past the horizons formed by my timidity and fear. Transform me. Give me an attitude that is finally ready to follow Jesus no matter what. I want to go beyond. I really do, Lord Jesus. Where you lead me, I will follow. No turning back. Amen.