Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.
2 Corinthians 5:9
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Actors know the value of rehearsals. And the most important rehearsals are the dress rehearsals in which every aspect of the performance — costumes, script, lights, music — is carried out exactly as it will be in the actual performance. Non-dress rehearsals are fine for getting oriented, but dress rehearsals are where one prepares for the actual performance.
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There is a sense in which the Christian’s life on earth is a dress rehearsal for heaven. Not in terms of costumes and theatrics, but in terms of worship and devotion to the One we will worship for all eternity — the Lamb who sits on the throne of heaven. If He is to receive “blessing and honor and glory and power … forever and ever” (Revelation 5:13), then the more we rehearse that worship now, the more seamless our transition to eternity will be — the more comfortable and secure we will be in our role as eternal citizens of the New Jerusalem.
Because our eternal life has already begun (John 17:3), so should our dress rehearsal for eternity!
I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.
A. W. Tozer
By David Jeremiah.