Yesterday morning, I drove to the garden supply to gather some things. As I drove, I found myself filled with a different perspective. The beauty of Spring overcame my mind. I saw the houses, lawns, people, even the shining aspects of my truck, as though they were worthy of “righteous” praise.
I have not had that perspective for years. The difference between what has become my perspective in Christ Jesus and what is the perspective of man, was astounding. It scared me to witness my thoughts turning from what is holy to what is obscene before the Most High God. (It is possible that the reader might raise an eyebrow at that last sentence. But bear with what is written here, that understanding might surface.)
In writing this post, I am reminded of the words of Jesus. In regard to my experience yesterday. “He said to them, ‘You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.'” (Luke 16: 15)
How can I relay the difference between what is holy and what is common, to those who do not believe? By His Grace, I have become a man who sees the things of this world as an enemy to the soul that belongs to the Christ of God. How can I help others perceive the things of this world in the same light? If the war of Christ has not become the primary resident in the soul, the things of this world will appear as a friendly. We either gravitate (learn to live) to the battlefield of Spiritual Difference, or we continue to live in the encampment of the enemies of God.
The draw of man’s things is powerful. Powerful enough to cause men to demand the death of Jesus. Powerful enough to entice men to spit on the crucifixion of the Holy Son of God. Powerful enough to draw a soul away from Christianity. And powerful enough to retain eternal hold on any soul who does not seek the face of the Living God continually. Even the slightest withdraw from the Holy things of Christ, is enough to unveil the desires of the flesh.
Let me try to convince the reader (If indeed, there is the slightest desire to disbelieve these words.)
There was a man who starved himself to death, some time ago. I don’t remember his name. I don’t remember his cause. He is simply gone. All I remember is that there was a man who did this in the last 20 or 30 years. He was an American. That’s all I remember.
But see how useless his life was. I do have the sense that his plight was not provoked by Christianity. It was some political miscarriage of injustice.
He is gone now. What was written about his “statement” would be difficult to find. Even the memory of him is obliterated by the demands of this Place of Testing. His family may know to remember him. But the fabric of America doesn’t even think about him.
But what should a man of Christ expect, as he works out his salvation with fear and trembling; knowing that it is God who works in him, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. (From Philippians 2: 13)
The things of this world are obliterated from the memory of man, as time moves from one year to the next. Even if it is written down, either on a headstone or in a book, our provocation to live and do comes to nothing. But the things which are done in a man, by Christ Jesus, are retained forever. They take their place as living testimony to the Righteousness, humility, godly doings, and hope that remains in this place of testing. Not only that, but they take their place in Eternity.
Either we endure the “warfare within”, that is caused by conflict between the things of God and the things of man, or we suffer the futility of life that comes from living the things of man. I will add, I would not have known the difference in perception if I had not become accustom to the things of the Living God’s Christ. I have to admit, the difference in perspective is enough to frighten my soul.
I guess it’s up to the reader. Do you even know that there is a difference between the perceptions of the flesh and the things of God? Do you even know there is a war to be fought? Or have you never tasted the perspective of Heaven? This place of testing is a passing ruse. Heaven is the eternal perspective. Those who have never tasted the things of God, are helpless to remove themselves from the things of man.
I testify that there is, indeed, a radical difference. Those who will live eternally, will be incapable of memory toward those who do not join them. The Glory of Christ will overwhelm His people. The doings of those who remained in this place of testing, enjoying the things of man as if they were worthy and eternal, will be obliterated. All their days will come to NOTHING.