A Glimpse of Heaven

A Glimpse of Heaven

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of going to the Outcry Tour. It’s a wonderful concert featuring, Elevation Worship, Lauren Daigle, Jesus Culture, and even a couple of pastors. I’ve been to this concert before, but this time, I noticed something.

For some reason, I paid attention to all the people standing in line, waiting to enter the concert arena. There were women, men, children, and teenagers. I saw Caucasians, African Americans, Indians, Africans, Latinos…you get the picture. Some people were dressed casual, others took a little more care in their dress. Some had piercings, tattoos, and others had no outward embellishments. I’m sure you see where I’m going with this.

When those stage lights came on and the voices of the singers raised up, hands were raised, voices joined in, and I saw a glimpse of heaven. Y’all, it was such a beautiful picture of the body of Christ that my heart stopped in its majesty. The Spirit was palpable. Love for our Heavenly Father was tangible. To see a crowd full of people worshipping the Creator was a marvelous thing.

I can still feel the emotion from that event. It filled me with the Spirit and the love of God. My brain immediately started thinking of ways to memorialize it. I had to share my experience because sometimes, we get too stuck on appearances.

We get too stuck on denominations. On clothes. On adornments. On  race or anything else that can separate us from our brothers and sisters in Christ. In that moment in time, none of that matter. All that mattered was our love for Christ and the power of His saving grace.

People sang song after song and all I could think of was

“And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.”
-Revelation 5:11-14 KJV

Worship.

We worshipped the Creator without qualm. We laid hands on one another in prayer. We did exactly what we were created to do without worrying about background, qualifications, past sin. None of that mattered. I saw the heart of the body of Christ and it was a marvelous thing.

So today, as you go out and about, dig deep. Ignore the appearance of your fellow man and reach for their heart. Connect with them on a spiritual level and remember who we ALL belong to.

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Toni Shiloh About Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. You can visit Toni at her website.

Comments

  1. I love your description of the scene! It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you!

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    Toni Shiloh

    Toni Shiloh Reply:

    Isn’t it great how love of God can bring us all together?

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  2. Linda Lijewski says:

    Thank you, Toni. What a beautiful message. I love the challenge at the end to “reach for their heart.” You are a gifted writer with beautiful insights!

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  3. Laurie Driesen says:

    Toni, What a great message. The Holy Spirit brings people together and breaks down all barriers!

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    Toni Shiloh

    Toni Shiloh Reply:

    It’s such a beautiful thing to see!

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