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Session 1

Are you living with forever in mind?

Read: Matthew 6:10, Revelation 7:9-12

Learning to live with a kingdom mentality means learning to live with forever in mind. When Jesus’ kingdom comes in fullness, life on earth will be as it is in heaven. Which begs the question: What is heaven like? 

In Revelation 7:9-12, the Bible makes three clear statements about what heaven is like. 

First, countless people from all over the world live together (Revelation 7:9). What an amazing image! We will stand in a crowd of multitudes, made up of people from nations we’ve never even heard of before. It will be uncommon unity in its most perfect form. 

Second, everyone is united in worship (Revelation 7:10). Though we will all differ when it comes to where we lived or how we were raised, we will be united in how we worship God as we proclaim, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

Finally, in heaven, we will share the same passion (Revelation 7:9-12). Here on earth, we’re easily consumed with questions about whether we are right or if someone owes us an apology. But in heaven, we will stand alongside angels, in the presence of God, and glorify the Lord. 

In heaven, we will not worry about who should have apologized or whether we are successful. Instead, we will be consumed with our worship for the Lord, and in that worship, we will be united as one people whose ultimate goal is to give God all the honor and glory and praise.

Revelation reminds us that having a kingdom mentality has a lot less to do with having answers, and a lot more to do with having the right attitude. When we’re living with forever in mind, our lives are marked by forever stuff: humility, unity, and love.  

Reflect: 

  • How much of your time, energy, and effort goes to things that won’t last forever?
  • What’s one thing you can do today to adopt a kingdom mentality and live as if you were preparing yourself for an eternity in heaven?

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