Last week I wrote about the way humanity tends to assume that this earthly life is all there is. Many people place all of their eggs in this temporal basket and only pursue things that are confined to our present time and our experience on this planet and leave out and miss the most important part of who we are. What a tragedy.
We must now consider our awareness of the components of our eternal reality (before-here, here, and the here-after) because we have been exposed to and we correctly understand the implications of all of the components of our eternalness. Now we can correctly identify what defines our success (achieving the why we are here) and what subsequently determines the correct and the true definition of our success, now as well as forever.
How then do we accurately and correctly define our success (the why we are here) based on things that are eternal? This is a very important question that we must know and that we understand the correct answer.
Often, when we are examining what we must determine and what we must know in order to understand correctly what our success is on this planet and forever, we must learn to hear what is not being said in the narrative that we read or what we hear. What about this unspoken information pertains to and is important knowledge for the correct understanding of what is being said, instead of our just focusing on what is actually being said. Watchman Nee stated that in any conversation, for correct understanding one must understand what is being said and what is not being said. Both are important and foundational.
In life there are suppositions that we assume to be correct, that in reality may not be valid beliefs. At first glance, they appear to be correct, but a deeper examination reveals that they are just a little off base, and that error can have great impact on the living of our lives. There are many examples of this in scripture. We will examine a few common assumptions:
- We can assume that our Creator God is religious and that our relationship with Him is to be a religious experience. Our Creator God does not want us to have or for us to be in a religious experience with Him. That is not His plan. It never has been. Everywhere He talks about our being together, it is always about our being in relationship with Him. An intimate, living, breathing, Spirit to spirit, and breath to breath relationship of fellowship that flows naturally and continually, and where we spend time together in constant communication. Experientially, there is a huge difference between a religious experience and a living, breathing, free-flowing relationship of communion and fellowship.
28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”Matthew 11; 28-30 The Message
- Often, we believe that it is our God’s plan for us to be Christians and that is all there is to it. In reality, His plans for us are for us to be His Sons and His Daughters. There is a huge difference here that is worthy of our time for research and understanding. One is relational while the other is a task we must continually work/strive to achieve and to maintain. We are heirs and joint heirs with Jesus. We are royalty. We are a part of the ruling Family. We do not have to work at being Family. We are “in the Family.” We carry the power and the authority of the Family and the Family name. Our challenge is learning to believe, to accept and to act/behave as Family. We have authority in Heaven and on the Earth to transact business in our Family name. We bind and we loose His will into being at our direction. We are not trying to be like Christ, we were created/made in His image, we bear His likeness and as Believers and Followers of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, we are included in His Family.
15 And you did not receive the “spirit of religious duty,”[a] leading you back into the fear of never being good enough.[b] But you have received the “Spirit of full acceptance,”[c] enfolding you into the family of God. And you will never feel orphaned, for as he rises up within us, our spirits join him in saying the words of tender affection, “Beloved Father!”[d] 16 For the Holy Spirit makes God’s fatherhood real to us as he whispers into our innermost being, “You are God’s/My beloved child!”
17 And since we are his true children, we qualify to share all his treasures, for indeed, we are heirs of God himself. And since we are joined to Christ, we also inherit all that he is and all that he has.[e] We will experience being co-glorified with him provided that we accept his sufferings[f] as our own.[g]Romans 8;15-17 The Passion Translation
- Often, we believe that we are on our own. We have to figure out how to make it all work. We spend our life just trying to make it happen. In reality, we are deployed to the Earth on assignment. We are not here trying to fabricate or to manufacture a plan and a purpose for our lives. There is a very specific purpose/plan for our being here. This plan was given to us before we were born, before we took our first breath. All of the arrangements and all of the provisions necessary for us to accomplish our purpose/mission/task on the Earth have been prepared ahead of our arrival/time for us, and they are provided for us. We are Ambassadors and we represent our King and His Kingdom on the Earth. We spend the first fifteen plus years of our life preparing for employment and an income. Would our time be more wisely spent preparing for refining our deployment for our outcome?
10 For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), [a]recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]Ephesians 2:10 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition