Bringing the Worship of Heaven to Earth
We are conduits of the atmosphere of Heaven when we bring the heart of worship into every aspect of our lives on this Earth.
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10
For much of my Christian life I didn’t have much interest in learning what Heaven would be like. I knew it would be paradise and that we would be with Jesus and, well, that’s about all I needed to know. What I didn’t understand was how a revelation of Heaven might affect my life on this Earth. Jesus prayed “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10). His heart was for the Father’s desires to be manifested on this Earth the way they are in Heaven. So it begs the question, what’s going on in Heaven? What is Father God’s desire that is already the reality in heavenly realms?
The scriptures describe Heaven with this picture, “all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders ... before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever Amen” (Revelation 7:11-12). Worship is THE activity of Heaven. You see God’s desire is that His Bride see Him clearly. Clearly seeing the goodness, righteousness, power, kindness, justice, beauty of God results in a overflow of praise. If God’s will is for all of creation to see Him for who He truly is, then we bring His will - Heaven’s atmosphere - to Earth when we see and respond to the true nature of God.
When Heaven invades Earth it changes our lives. Let’s take the shepherds for example. Remember how the angels first revealed the news of Jesus’s birth to the shepherds outside of Bethlehem? Their immediate response was to run into Jesus’s presence and worship Him. But it didn’t stop there. The shepherd’s revelation of Jesus’s true identity and their response of worship changed their lives and the lives of people around them. They “returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen” (Luke 2:20). The shepherds brought the atmosphere of worship they experienced in the presence of Jesus back with them to the fields. This encounter changed them. Revelation and worship never leave us the same, we are always transformed when we come into the presence of God.
But, too often the circumstances of life either lie to us about the true nature of God or distract us from seeing His goodness clearly in the midst of hardship. If we want to protect our mind’s eye - to see God clearly in all the majesty of His love and power and goodness - we have to operate with renewed minds (Romans 12:2). What’s interesting is this act of worship is both a response and a catalyst to renewed thinking. I worship when I see God break into my life miraculously through healing, provision or a divine appointment. But I also engage in worship to renew my mind when chaos is stealing my peace and fear is robbing my joy. Saturating ourselves in worship protects us from lies, reminds us of truth and invites Heaven’s perspective into life on this Earth.
Today as you partner with Heaven’s agenda, dive into a perpetual state of worship. As you see His immeasurable love displayed around you, worship. Whether it is in the car, or at your desk, or in the gym, let your heart respond to the truth you are equipped to see. Praise Him for all that He is, all He has done, and all you know He is working together for your future good. Don’t allow stress or frustration or fear of the unknown to captivate your thinking. With the mind of Christ you are well equipped to see God’s true nature and transform the world around you through your overflow of worship.
Father God give me eyes to see you clearly, to see you in all of your majesty. Remind me of the ways you have miraculously shown your goodness, your provision, your kindness in my life. Set my heart blaze with worship. Infuse me with the atmosphere of Heaven. I want to be a conduit for your will to be accomplished on this Earth. I want the praise of my lips to draw other people into your presence. Be glorified today in and through me Lord!