We dwell in a physical world. Many times we are so enamored by what our eyes can see, our ears can hear, our hands can touch…what our five senses are bombarding us with each day- that we forget a simple truth.
This is not our home.
2 Corinthians 5:1-10 (read the whole passage and meditate on it- try to grasp the truth of what Paul is trying to share with us)
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
We must seek to dwell beyond what our eyes can see. How can we do it? Make the truths of God’s Word more real than this world we live in?
We must learn to dwell daily in the Truth of God’s promises. Remember the truth of the gospel. Meditate on the promises of God. Hide them in our heart.
“If we are to have our whole heart turned toward God, we must have it turned away from man, from all that occupies and interests, whether of joy or sorrow. God is a being of such infinite greatness and glory, and our nature has become so estranged from Him, that it requires our whole heart and desires set upon Him, even in some little measure, to know and receive Him. Everything that is not God, that excites our fears or stirs our efforts or awakens our hopes and makes us glad, hinders us in our perfect waiting on Him. The message is one of deep meaning: “Take heed, and be quiet”; “In quietness…shall be your strength”; “It is good that a man should…quietly wait.” Andrew Murray Waiting on God
God keeps bringing this truth to me. My reality cannot be based in the temporal, it must be rooted in the foundation of His Word- in the truth that is eternal. My life only achieves freedom from the trappings of sin and the temporary pleasures of this world by living in the reality of hope.
That we see this truth is not enough. If we would escape from the toils of the sacred-secular dilemma, the truth must “run in our blood” and condition the complex of our thoughts. We must practice living to the glory of God, actually and determinedly. By meditation upon this truth, by recalling it to our minds frequently as we move about among men, a sense of its wondrous meaning will take hold of us. The old painful duality will go down before a restful unity of life. The knowledge that we are all God’s, that He has received all and rejected nothing, will unify our inner lives and make everything sacred to us.” A.W. Tozer The Pursuit of God
Are we willing to begin the mysterious journey of allowing God to change our perspective- that we may actually see this world as a foreign land?
We are not home yet.
It takes a conscious effort to untangle ourselves from the loves of the world that we hold dear. To allow God to show us the habits and activities in our life that are taking us away from Him.
They are a roadblock to intimacy- we must choose what we love more. The temporary trappings of this world that lead to death and never truly satisfy- or God, who sent us our Savior, Jesus Christ- Son of God who suffered, bled, and died that we might live eternally. He broke the chains of sin and death. He has set us free.
I long to live like I am free. I have been bound by my bad habits and lazy living- I want fullness of life- I want lasting peace- yes, even more than comfort- more than predictability.
I want the honor and glory of being used for God in this life. To see His mark upon me and rejoice that God uses a fallen sinner- yes, even I- to reveal the glory of God.
We must let the truth of the salvation we have in Christ permeate every area of our life. How? Will you memorize Romans 5-8 with me? Will you labor to hide the truth of God in your heart, to keep you and guard you?
Do we truly long after God enough? Ponder what He has done for you. Take some time to remember- read about Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane- ponder what God asked His own Son to do on our behalf.
How can we not share, not live in such joy and thanksgiving- in Praise of our Faithful and Loving God when we ponder all that He has done to rescue us?
We will not find love like this anywhere else.
“Do let us wait quietly. In daily life, let there be, in the soul that is waiting for the great God to do His wondrous work, a quiet reverence, an abiding watching against too deep engrossment with the world. Then, the whole character will come to bear the beautiful stamp- quietly waiting for the salvation of God.”
Andrew Murray Waiting on God
Lord, I pray that the reality of your miraculous love will touch us today- that we might catch a glimpse of love that stretches across the abyss of our sin and instead of giving us justice (what we deserve)- pours love and grace- yes, grace greater than all our sin through our Savior Jesus Christ. We acknowledge that we are not worthy of the gift you have graciously lavished upon us. Help us break free of the entrapment of this world- give us eyes to see with eternal hope. Free us from our limited vision Lord- that we might catch a glimpse of you. Stir us up inside- make us hungry, discontent, unsatisfied with what sin offers that we might stretch out our hands and open our hearts to invite you in. Renew our minds with the Truth of your Word. We pray this by the power of Jesus Name, Amen.