Sunday, January 18, 2009

Where Do You Live?

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together I the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-6)
Paul says that we have been made alive together with Christ, raised up with Him and have been seated in the heavenlies in Christ. Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father, the place of ruling and reigning. That is where we must be seated as well, since we are seated in Christ. Notice that Paul does not speak of this as future hope but as present reality.

So where do we live? In heaven or on earth? Our thinking gets too earthbound. Sure, we dwell bodily on this material planet. But we are called to have the perspective of heaven.
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God [and where we are seated as well]. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:1-2)
We are called to live from out of a different place than the only one we knew before we were born again (John 3:6, literally “born from above”). In Jesus Christ we are new creatures and the situation has totally changed for us (2 Corinthians 5:17). We have been made citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20). At the end of the Book, heaven and earth become one. It is not that heaven changes, but earth changes as God's kingdom pervades and the will of God is done on earth as in heaven.

Where do you live? If you know Jesus, you are a citizen of heaven and have been raised up and seated with Him in the heavenlies. That changes everything about your life here on earth. Set your mind on things above. Focus on the perspective of heaven and live from that higher place.

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