Luke 9:28-36

Luke 9:28-36

Praying isn't telling God all of our problems and then offering Him our shopping list, even though for many of us, that's what it turns out to be. Prayer is meant to be our communication, our time with our Father. Our time with the God Who created us. Our time of sharing our heart with Him, and Him sharing His heart with us.In our lives, so many of us live with this idea that we live our life, and then we die and we go to heaven. And good boys and girls go to heaven, and bad boys and girls go, well, to the other place. And we allow for this thought to penetrate our minds and our lives, and so we live according to what I believe is a fable. It’s a story that allows for us to scare our children into being good, but has very little effect on us. I mean, all of us want to go to heaven but, you know, we don’t buy into the fables any more. Well, let me tell you something. Good boys and girls don’t go to heaven, and bad boys and girls don’t go to the other place because, according to Jesus, the standard is “all have sinned.” None of us is righteous. None of us deserve Him. None of us, if we lived by the standard of God’s perfection, would make it. So if bad boys and girls go to the other place, guess where we’re all going? It’s not about going to a place. It is not about going to heaven. It is not about going to hell. It is about, Who do you say that Jesus is?…

Jesus is the kingdom of heaven. It’s not about a place, but about a Person and a relationship with that Person. That’s why He’s asking His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” And I’ve said this many times in the past. If you go to heaven and Jesus isn’t there, you’ve just gone to another fancy place that can be corrupted and abused and stolen away. But what you can’t steal away is the power and the authority of Who Jesus truly is…

How many of us enjoy praying? If we actually understood what praying truly was. You know what? Praying isn’t telling God all of our problems and then offering Him our shopping list, even though for many of us, that’s what it turns out to be. Praying is meant to be our communication, our time, with our Father. Our time with the God Who created us. Our time of sharing our heart with Him, and Him sharing His heart with us…

Think about your own life. How many times have you gotten heavy-eyed when you’ve started to pray? This is an attack of the enemy. This is an attack of your mind. This is a proof that we don’t understand Who the kingdom of God truly is…

The kingdom of heaven is more than a place you go to. The kingdom of heaven is a Person that you turn to. The kingdom of heaven is the One that God sent to represent Him. The kingdom of heaven comes when Jesus comes, and the kingdom of heaven goes away when Jesus goes away, because Jesus Himself is the kingdom of heaven, and it is in that relationship with Him that we experience the kingdom of heaven. You want to go to heaven? Turn to Jesus. Do you want your kids to be good? Don’t threaten them with hell, but explain to them that they need Jesus. Show them with your life that you, too, need Jesus. And then when you’re with Jesus, you’re in heaven! And it is not about being good that gets you to heaven. It’s about understanding Who Jesus is and the forgiveness that He gives us and the love that He shares with us…

Don’t ever be embarrassed or ashamed of Jesus. Understand that He is heaven. He is Who you want and need to go to. If you desire to die and go to heaven, then let me tell you, what you’re desiring is Jesus.

Dave Elkins

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