Wednesday, March 5, 2014

You are "Out of this World!"

Jesus said, “I have come down from heaven. I am from above, not of this world" (Jn. 6:38; 8:23). Likewise, now that we have been born again, our new home is with Christ in the heavenlies (Eph. 2:6). That's why Paul tells us set to our minds on things above, where Christ is (Col 3:2).

As long as we remain in this world, we will feel, as Peter characterized us, like aliens and strangers (1 Peter 2:11). Even as Adam and Eve were created for a perfect world in harmony with God and nature, so are we. The problem: we are part of a new creation, but still live in the old one! Why then are so many “pilgrims” looking for permanence? Is it possible they have not yet found their place with Christ—in the heavenlies?  Until we understand what it means to live from above, we will find ourselves yearning for something more: something out of this world.

1 comment:

  1. Good morning Greg,
    Paul has said that our citizenship is in heaven and we are ambassadors here on earth. Because of that identification with somewhere else, our behavior should reflect those two. As a citizen of heaven, our attitude, language, and behavior should reflect that heavenly culture. As ambassadors (strangers in a strange land), we should be representing our heavenly culture to those on earth, and representing the earthly non-heavenly citizens to God (intercessory prayer). We should always be cognizant like any ambassador that the things we say and do are interpreted as what heavenly citizens are by those whose citizenship is of earth.
    Thank you.
    Larry Q