Rob here. I hope you read David’s post Eyes to See as he pondered heaven (https://brandnewheartnz.wordpress.com/2011/09/17/eyes-to-see/ ). This is where the rubber hits the road as far as our hearts are concerned. You see, we have a desperate longing for heaven. We want to be where God is. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” This sums up our dilemma perfectly. Our hearts are made for God’s eternity but we can’t get our heads around it. We end up dazed and confused as we live our days in this imperfect, fallen world with that ache in our souls that tells us we were made for something so much more.
I use Ransomed Hearts Daily Prayer as a way to orient myself every morning (see http://www.ransomedheart.com/assets/PDF/prayers/daily_prayer.pdf). One of the lines in it says, “I give myself over to you in my hearts search for life.” We can look in some very strange places as we seek to fulfil the ache for eternity that we all carry. Our addictions, lusts and fantasies are nothing more than a misplaced search for the fulfilment of the heavenly longing that God gave to us so that we would seek him with all our hearts.
Yet we forget what we pray; “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:9-10).” We are to use our longing for heaven to inspire us to pray for heaven on earth. Jesus preached that we can enter the kingdom of heaven while living here on earth by following him; giving our hearts over to him in our hearts search for life. The Bible ends with heaven coming down to earth (Revelation 21:1-2).
No, we’re not there yet. The Holy Spirit is only a deposit guaranteeing what is to come (Eph 1:14). We do not yet see the Lord face to face (1 Cor.13:12) but the Father and the Son have made their home in us through the Spirit (John 14:23) and we are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor.6:19). Right now God has “raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus (Eph.2:6).” We may not dwell in heaven but we are citizens of heaven. We represent God’s throne, his will and his name on this earth. As we allow our hearts to long for God we will find ourselves seeking him; we will find ourselves calling on his name and laying our hearts before him. As we do so we will learn to see with the “eyes of the heart” (Eph.1:18) and we will see that God is not absent from this world. His Spirit dwells in and amongst us and heaven has invaded this earth through Christ and his people. That’s you and that’s me. We are a glimpse of heaven when we allow our hearts to do what they were made to do; dwell in the presence of God’s throne. We call that worship. So bow your knee or lift your voice and offer your heart to the God of Heaven.