LIVING IN TWO WORLDS

October 07, 2019

LIVING IN TWO WORLDS

Before you became a believer in Christ, you lived in one home—the kingdom of this world. Your only orientation was what you could see, feel, taste, touch, and hear in this physical realm.

Since salvation, you have now become a member of a new kingdom. You have new, spiritual senses, because you are connected to God and you literally live in two worlds: the kingdom of this world and the kingdom of our God. You have the capacity to operate in both worlds. Notice how Paul says this.

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4)

TURN YOUR EYES

If you want to, as a believer, you can foolishly choose to look merely to this world for life. It can become your focus. The result of this is the same kind of merely physical living you knew before Christ. But now, you also can look to heaven. You can commune with God there (through prayer). You can hear from God, getting your moment-by-moment directions because the Spirit lives in you. You can literally abide in Christ (John 15). You life can take on the fragrance of Christ and the fruit of His Spirit can be evident in you.

This is why Paul said you should set your minds on things above. This is not a solitary look, but a settled, continual focus. You are to look into heaven through your union with Christ hourly, see what God is initiating and, by obedient, prayerful cooperation with Him, be instruments through which His kingdom comes and His will is done on earth, as it is being done in heaven.

LIVING FROM HEAVEN DOWN

You must no longer get your orientation and perspective from this world. What a limited view! But listen and commune with heaven constantly through unceasing prayer, even as you live for a little while longer on this earth. In this way, you can show the world what a Spirit-oriented man or woman—one transformed by and connected to God—can experience.

As you so live, you should not find yourself haughty or proud of your new position. The closer you look into heaven the more you will realize the mercy of God to allow a sinful being such as yourself the privilege of being saved by God’s grace and invited into His kingdom. And you will live increasingly to worship and serve Him and those around you with gratitude, humility, and joy!

 

 

 

 




Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Graceful Truth

HOW TO LIVE SUPERNATURALLY, EFFECTIVELY, AND JOYFULLY
HOW TO LIVE SUPERNATURALLY, EFFECTIVELY, AND JOYFULLY

September 23, 2020

There are only two ways to operate in this world. You can try to do things yourself, to the best of your ability. Or you can align yourself with God’s Spirit and let Him lead you, empower you, and flow through you. There are no other options and we need none.

Continue Reading

WE’RE MISSING SO MUCH!
WE’RE MISSING SO MUCH!

September 22, 2020

It is said of Martin Luther that he dreamed he was transported to heaven and there noticed thousands of boxes with his name on them. When he asked the angel what they were, the angel replied, “These are answers to prayers that have never been asked.”

God has much more for us. He reminds us that “we have not because we ask not” (James 4:2).

Continue Reading

THE ROOT OF THE REBELLION IN OUR LAND
THE ROOT OF THE REBELLION IN OUR LAND

September 17, 2020

All across our nation there are things erupting that I have not seen in my lifetime. They have surfaced before, but not to this degree in the last 70 years. In my opinion, we see what Romans 1:28 describes as a “reprobate (depraved) mind.” This word describes those who, through continual rejection of God, have such a hardened heart that wrong really seems right to them and vice versa.

Continue Reading