Portals of Heaven
"But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative - that is, the Holy Spirit - He will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid." -John 14:26&27 For too long, there have been too many inaccurate representations of God. These representations would lead people to believe that God is judgmental, cold, unloving, and uncaring. This has brought division in the body of Christ, and most of all, kept people away from the saving knowledge of God's nature. I believe it is time for people who have God's true nature within them to stand up for the truth of God's character, reflecting His love throughout the earth. In order for people to really know who God is and be able to choose the real Him, they need an accurate representation of who He really is. The Bible says that we as Christians are to be His representatives, reflecting Him everywhere we go. When we utilize our gifts, He is glorified. We shouldn't just be sitting in a pew on the sidelines - we should be out in the world, using the gifts He gave us to bring heaven's culture to earth! We should be conduits, or portals of heaven. But, in order for us to do that, we need a true revelation of God. We need a true revelation of His creativity, His character, His grace, and most of all, His love. What should this culture of heaven look like? Well, we know that God is love, (1 John 4:8) God is creative, (Genesis 1) and He is unlimited (Ephesians 3:16). We know that the "fruit" of God in our lives is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22 & 23). So that must mean heaven is a pretty awesome place! "You can ask for anything in My name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it!" -John 14:13 Are you bringing God's kingdom to earth through your gifts and talents? I pray that each of us can use what God has given us, so that we can bring glory to our Father in heaven.