A glimpse of Heaven

12 Aug

When I look around the world today and the direction it’s going, it’s really easy for me to feel like we might be the only Christians on the planet.

I can’t believe that 85% of American’s call themselves Christians when the direction the Nation is taking is polar opposite of the truths Christ preached in the gospel.

Well I shouldn’t say polar opposite right?! I mean everyone takes the word “grace” and uses it to cover over everything. Somehow as if it’s a magic pill that cures blatant sin.
That’s not grace for the record. Grace does not mean accepting everyone and their sin as they are and trusting that God overlooks our rebellion with grace because none of us want to give up anything our flesh enjoys or desires.

Grace is the free gift awarded to us ONCE WE SEE OUR SIN AND REPENT FROM IT. GRACE is lavished on us to wipe away our old-self and free us from slavery to reckless abandon and create us a new person. Once we receive the GRACE which draws us to Christ even though we’ve lived a life of sin that separates us – then MERCY is present to take the penalty that is the consequence for our sin (death and eternity in Hell) and give it to Christ who paid that penalty already!

GRACE is getting what we don’t deserve.

MERCY is not getting what we do deserve.

Neither of them are a blanket to keep sinning.

At any rate, we took our boys to a Hillsong Live concert on Friday night and it was a great experience for them. Every time I go to a concert, I’m overwhelmed by the same picture thought.

When I see a room of 2,000 people singing praises to Christ and raising their hands in worship – I feel like I’m getting a SMALL glimpse at Heaven, and it’s beautiful!

I know not all of those people are actually really following Christ, but they still serve to create this scene that makes my soul pound inside my earthly body and long to go home.  To stand and kneel with the saints, with arms raised before the King and sing praises with a perfect body and perfect voice….. what a sight it will be.

Practical Application –

If you’re never been to a large conference, concert, or any gathering of 1,000 or more Christians – schedule something right now to experience that in the next 365 days.  There is something amazing about gathering with the body of Christ in large numbers that renews our hope and ministry and paints a picture of Heaven that merely describing can’t even fully grasp. You won’t regret it.

 

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6 Responses to “A glimpse of Heaven”

  1. trixie1466 August 12, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    I love this post. You go girl!

  2. nand2013 August 12, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    You reminded me of being at The Call in Nashville on 07/07/07. Titan stadium was full and the Lord’s Presence was tangible… a glimpse of Heaven as we lifted hearts, minds and tongues to praise Him. Thank you for the reminder.

    • Kayla Gulick August 12, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

      Oh man! I bet that would have been an awesome sight!!! What a great experience. Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. learning1 August 12, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    Thank you for this honest look at grace and mercy and the refreshment of encouragement toward heaven. 🙂

    • Kayla Gulick August 12, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

      You’re welcome! Sometimes we all need a little glimpse at the goal so we don’t lose heart 🙂

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