It’s Monday Grace!
There are concepts that are hard for the mind to understand but bring joy to the heart. I am increasingly convinced that the most important things of the Christian faith are things of the heart. The Scriptures speak of certain things being “spiritually discerned.” Those whose only connection to the faith is the doctrine and lifestyle they have learned miss the deeper and most meaningful joys.
The reason of the mind is primarily a thing of this world. We pull from past experiences and seek to categorize life in ways that are helpful to us. But the joys of our faith are not of this world. They come from the heart of God and are revealed to our hearts. Instead of shunning our emotions, our feelings, we should use them to allow us to see the truth about ourselves and our Lord.
This world is not our home. How do we know that? Because Jesus said this world was and is not His home. We are in Him. Our life is inseparably connected with His. He is in us, and we are in Him. If this world is not Jesus’ home, then it cannot be ours. His kingdom is not of this world, He says, and we are certainly of His kingdom.
Home is in Jesus. Wherever He is, that’s home. That’s one thing that is meant when we say that we are in Christ. In Him, we are home. There is something that connects us to Him, something greater than the things that connect us to anything or anyone else. When the end of this life comes, we can be at peace leaving it all behind. Even those we love, we leave, hoping and trusting that they will be with us where we go. Home is in Him.
In Christ, we are safe. Nothing will separate us from Him because nothing is strong enough to break that bond. As we trust in His work, His initiative, His power, we can be at peace. Nothing can touch us.
In Christ we are who we are supposed to be. We don’t fully understand this now, because the flesh is still fighting to be supreme. The day will come, however, when the flesh will be washed away and we will be free and full in Christ. In Christ, our identity is affirmed and secure.
When Jesus speaks of the kingdom of God or the kingdom of Heaven, He is referring to Himself. That kingdom is in Him. He calls us to live forever in Him. We are surrounded, overwhelmed, with His presence. Again, the day will come when we will understand this. Today we see dimly, occasionally.
I remember a story I heard many years ago of a woman who was dying. As she looked into Heaven, she said, “The air is full of music!” In a sense, I think that describes how it will be when we finally and forever see ourselves in Jesus. He will be all around us. We will know His presence intimately and securely.
Peace and joy and love. These are the things we find in Christ. Things of the heart. Grace, if you will, for the heart.
1 Corinthians 1:30
30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God–and righteousness and sanctification and redemption–
2 Corinthians 5:17
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.