Wednesday, June 14, 2017

When was the last time you said the Lord's Prayer? When was the last time you said the prayer and really paid attention to the words?

Take the time now to really look at the very beginning of the prayer that our Savior taught us:

“Our Father, who art in Heaven – hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

We might just mumble the words thoughtlessly aloud or in our heads as if we were reciting the alphabet. But if we really look into the prayer that Jesus gave us to pray to the Father, we begin to notice a few important things in the beginning: that God, who is in Heaven, is holy, and that we are essentially asking for His kingdom to manifest itself here on earth as it always is in Heaven.

Think about it. God doesn’t just want you with Him eternally in Heaven – He wants to give you His love to share with others so that they may also experience even just the slightest glimpse into Heaven here on Earth.

As a Christian, the love of God and the light of Christ reside within you. In Matthew 5, Jesus tells us to let our light shine among others so that they may see our good works and glorify God, gently nudging souls back onto the path toward Heaven. Although we aren’t supposed to become attached to this world (because our real home is in Heaven), we are called to live holy and fruitful lives here on Earth. It is our divine assignment, handed down by our Savior. We are to use Him as our model and shine our light for all to see.

How great a mission we have all been charged with! You have a reason for being here right now, wherever you are, at this time. God has a plan for you, for others, and for the world at large. The King of kings has given us the highest mission of carrying forth the kingdom of Heaven with us everywhere we go and sharing it with all we encounter through our actions and words.

But how do we go about bringing Heaven to Earth?

Everything that we do each day can either contribute or take away from bringing Heaven to Earth. But don’t let that dismay you. Rather, find joy in the fact that each day brings a new slate for us. We have new opportunities every single day to radiate God’s love, grace, mercy, and peace to others through simple acts of love and obedience.

Here are a few quick ways you can easily bring a piece of Heaven to Earth every single day:

  • Take prayer walks with your friends, meditate over Scriptures in a Bible study, or take time to pray together with those closest to you.
  • Invite your neighbors in for a meal or give them a bottle of cold water on a hot day.
  • Listen to the homeless when they talk to you. If you can, give them something to eat or drink. Better yet, put them in contact with someone who can help them out of their situation, if possible.
  • Volunteer your time and talents at your church, homeless shelters, nursing homes, animal shelters, or anywhere else that is in need of your kindness and skills.
  • Put aside your differences and listen to others with an open mind and heart.
  • Forgive those who have harmed you. Yes, it’s easier said than done, but it is possible. Pray for the Holy Spirit to give you the courage to let go of the hurt and move on.
  • Pray every day for your spouse, family, friends, and anyone else who may need it like the elderly, the discouraged, the sick, and the dying.
  • Smile and say “hello” to those you pass on the street. Even a simple smile can change someone’s life!
  • Listen to a friend who is need with a clear, caring, and compassionate heart.
  • Hug a loved one when he is hurting. Sit beside her in silent commiseration. Do what you can to support and love that person when times are hard or seem hopeless.

These are only a few ways you can bring Heaven to Earth in your normal, everyday life. Don’t just simply go to work or school, visit with friends and family, and enjoy your life. Go the extra mile – make it your mission to bring the Kingdom of God here on Earth. Say yes to God as much as possible, and you will see how much He will bless you and those around you. Remember, even the smallest action, word, or kind gesture can change someone’s life and reveal the Lord’s great glory to him or her!