Georges River Congregational Church Devotion from Pastor Haydn –
Significant in Christ: Already In Heaven
In many a church circle, you may hear Christian folk talking about ‘where they’re going’ after they die. Presumably, it’s Heaven, and many even say that eternity in the heavenly realms will be like a church service going on forever and ever. (I don’t know about you, but viewing Heaven like that doesn’t really engender much enthusiasm given the deadness that many church services are like these days.)
According to God’s Word, Heaven is not merely an upcoming place where we’ll be living in the future – in fact, we already are there if we have truly put our trust in Jesus! Ephesians 2:6 (ESV) tells us that already God has “raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus”. (Notice how our resurrection is described in the past tense.) Our bodies are here on earth right now, unaware of the heavenly reality that we have already entered, but there we are!
For Paul, this is not an abstract reality; it has major implications for how we walk now. In Colossians 3 he wrote, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God … Therefore put to death … sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness … anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, meekness, and patience [etc] ” (vv. 1-12, ESV).
If us Christians are already raised in Heaven, are we actually acting like it? Why are Christians to kill sin and live in holiness (Col. 3:12-17)? Because we are God’s heavenly ones here and now. God’s children are to be living the holy walk not, per se, because God is angry with them and they need to avoid punishment. Although fear of God does connect with obedience (see Psalm 103:17-18), for Paul obedience is more than fear of God’s holiness. We’re meant to be behaving in a godly manner here and now because of where our spirits are right now.
If you are Christian and there are areas in your life that you need to work on, there’s no time like the present to take stock and the walk the talk. Why? Because you’re already in Heaven, and you can act like it here and now.
God bless, Pastor Haydn.