As a kid, when we would go out with my dad, I was always amazed at how he knew the right roads to use to get to our destination. When there is plenty of traffic, he knew alternative routes to get to our destination. As an adult, I now know that he acquired this driving expertise through learning as he drove in the city over many years.
As Christians, how do we live heavenly lives on earth? Its first by continuous learning about what it means to live a heavenly life, and secondly by living it out one day at a time. What exactly is this heavenly life on earth; what does it involve?
Apostle Paul gives us a starting point in Colossians; in Chapters 1 and 2, he teaches that we should have the mindset of Jesus. As we learn about Jesus in the Bible, we will get to know his mindset. In Chapters 3 and 4, Paul teaches us how we can live heavenly lives in society, in our families, and even in our work relationships.
Apostle Paul says in Colossians 3:12-15 (NLT): “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”
Heavenly living is not about material luxury and pleasures, its about living a life that is merciful, kind, humble, gentle, patient, forgiving, loving, peaceful, and thankful. Yes, this type of life can be challenging given how rough and tough life can be. A heavenly life is not about things we own, its about having a Jesus-like character.
Lord, give us greater understanding about the heavenly life and the grace to live it out everywhere we go, one day at a time, in Jesus name, Amen!