While at a work conference the keynote speaker was sharing on leadership. I don’t remember the exact topic of his presentation, but something he shared with us really stuck with me. The presentation started out with one of those get-to-know-you-no-one-really-wants-to-do-this conference team builders to break the ice. Our tables were tasked with debating the question, “Is the glass half empty or half full?” He eventually reeled us all back in and shared his answer to this question. His answer is what stuck with me. Is the glass half empty or half full? YES! How profound! You see the glass is both half empty and half full. What determines how we see it is our perspective.
Ephesians 2:4-6 gives us perspective about our position in Christ, “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ, even when we were dead in our trespasses. It is by grace you have been saved! And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus”. Is our current position on earth or in heaven? YES! The question becomes where are we living? Do we live from our circumstances (earth) or do we live from the truth (Heaven)? Again, it depends on our perspective.
God is everywhere
Perspective is one of the tools we can use to encounter God in everyday life. I know, for me, it can be really easy to get caught up in the circumstances (good and bad) of the day. I learned a game a few years back that quickly became an encounter tool I’ve used to cultivate a Heaven-to-earth lifestyle. The game is called “Preach It” and it was created from the truth in Ephesians 4:6 that there is “one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all”. God is everywhere. We just have to tune in to see Him and hear what He is saying. The game is simple, pick a visible object and use it to share the Gospel. For example, there is a lamp on my desk that is currently turned off. Using the lamp to share the Gospel could look something like this…
“We are the lamp. Lamps need electricity in order to fulfill their function of giving off light. Jesus is like electricity the source of energy that gives light. In order for the lamp to access the electricity, it has to be switched on. We can be “switched on” and give light to the world when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior”
Half Empty or Half Full?
Boom! It’s as simple as that! I’ve used this game over the years to help me live from Heaven to earth. I’ll see an object and asking Holy Spirit to reveal what heaven is saying. He’s all around. Heaven is here. We can have Heaven on earth now. We just need to tune in.
Do we live on earth or in Heaven? YES! What determines where we live from is our perspective. Where are you living from?