During my senior year of high school, my siblings and I organized a play called The Production of Life. After my older brother wrote a full length play, he gave everyone roles, we rehearsed our lines, and we were ready to pull the curtain back for our first show. The stage lights were lit to perform a full length play on back-to-back evenings at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids. The play was designed to be an outreach where we would display a real life drama that displays the goodness of God and the message of hope. The doors opened and almost 300 people showed up to watch the Gospel message. At the conclusion of the play, my brother shared the Gospel and many people responded by putting their faith in Jesus Christ and joining a local church. What we didn’t realize that night was our audience was larger than the community of Grand Rapids. Our audience was filled with Heaven’s Armies, the principalities and powers in the heavenly places. Angels were watching above and cheering us on that evening and even talking about it the next day amongst themselves in Heavenly places. This is a concept from Ephesians 2:10-11, “His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Think of your life as a great drama that is being acted in a theater called the world. The story is called The Kingdom Show. The cast is filled with the body of believers in every land from all nations. God has given you the script, the stage design, the play, and He directs and produces it. Act by act, scene by scene, labor of love by labor of love, mission by mission, the story continues to unfold. At the center of the story the main character is Jesus, who displays the fullness of God’s glory and rescues the world. But who is the audience? The angels are captivated as they see the bright lights on the church that is performing boldly with love and faith. We can believe this truth that Heavenly beings are on the edge of their seats like spectators at a Super Bowl game watching the church and waiting for the championship finish. Meanwhile, sadly, many in the church are falling asleep in the widely available seats. What are angels viewing that we are missing? Angels are viewing the power of the Savior that has defeated the enemy. Angels are thrilled to view people from every tribe and nation become members of His Global church
Sit on the edge of your seat again and trust that the promise for us as the church is to receive the divine wisdom of God to know so much more than our current revelation. When we receive this deep wisdom, we will understand complex things of the times. Also, the church will better understand His plan and His wisdom to bring the things in heaven to here on earth.
There are two things we can be excited about: we can be awestruck by God and His infinite wisdom and glory and how He wants His creatures to know His great and manifold wisdom. Secondly, we get excited as we overcome small-minded thinking by asking the Lord for His manifold wisdom to come upon the local and global church. This wisdom can look like the church passing up Hollywood in its creativity and NASA with its intelligence. If He gave a bunch of high school students grace to pull off a spectacular full length play, He surely can give the global Church the upper hand in living for a greater eternal purpose.
Pastor Daniel Scally
Abundant Life Church