Heaven Is For Real

…The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field…  Matthew 13: 31-33,44-52  St. Augustine wrote; “Set love as the criterion for all that you say, and whatever you teach, teach in such a way that the person to whom you speak by hearing may believe, and believing hope and by hoping love.”   There’s a recent book and movie out called Heaven is for Real. I haven’t seen the movie so I won’t speak about it except that the trailers seem to focus on a place. However, I believe that Christ’s meaning in these passages is not merely a place but also a state of being, a rule of life, and a realm of both glory and authority that lay within God’s purpose for our lives. It all begins with the nurturing of a seed out of love. If we but experience this love one time, perhaps we wont need a book or a movie to tell us that not only is the Kingdom of Heaven for real, the Kingdom of Heaven is now.

Short-Term Fix

So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well.   Matthew 13:24-30  From a distance, when the lawn that surrounds my house is perfectly mowed and landscaped you can’t tell the weeds from the grass. It all looks perfectly green. Not until the lawn grows out a bit and you get right up on it do you recognize the crabgrass and a few other unidentified specimens.  Cutting the grass of course is a short-term fix. Sooner or later the lawn needs to be treated. There are those who will always ease their way into our lives because they want control of something that does not belong to them. From a distance they can be quite indistinguishable but the closer you get their true nature is revealed. The good news is that in due season, watch out as the weeding begins, because God will not be interested in short-term fixes.