December 16

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6, NIV

As Christians, we stand between two worlds. We live a normal earthly life, with our feet firmly on the ground. But we have a soaring spirit. We have been introduced to something that is holy and exalted. We cannot see the glory of God with our physical eyes, but our inner eye is aware of something that we cannot put into words. This is why we need the testimony of people who have seen more than others. Paul was granted to hear unspeakable words – 2 Corinthians 12:4, as was the apostle John – Revelation 10:4, and yet the Bible does not bid us seek similar experiences. Paul is here saying that, while we may not all have the same privilege of seeing God’s unveiled glory, yet we are all made partakers of the same heavenly life. In our spirits we are seated in that glory, and that is why we can allow our spirits to soar. We can soar in thinking spiritually, because then our thinking will match what God has done for us. We can soar morally, because then we will reveal the righteousness of the Kingdom of God. Living for God is a moral and spiritual adventure, and those who follow this path need the inspiration of the few who can put these mysteries into words. Christian discipleship is not tediously following an impossible goal. It is catching the wind of the spirit – catching the glory of Christ in His heavenly life and His matchless victory. Christians are ‘of resurrection’ – Romans 6:5, and we must never forget that we are a window on heaven to a dull and lifeless world all around us.