Seek to Be Other-Worldly

Monday, February 25, 2019

“You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm…” (Hebrews 12:18 NIV)

If we truly want to follow God we must seek to be other-worldly.  This I say knowing well that that word has been used with scorn by the sons of this world and applied to the Christian as a badge of reproach.  So be it.  Every man must choose his world.  If we who follow Christ, with all the facts before us and knowing what we are about, deliberately choose the Kingdom of God as our sphere of interest, I see no reason why anyone should object.  If we lose by it, the loss is our own; if we gain, we rob no one by so doing.  The “other world,” which is the object of this world’s disdain and the subject of the drunkard’s mocking song, is our carefully chosen goal and the object of our holiest longing.

But we must avoid the common fault of pushing the “other world” into the future.  It is not future, but present.  It parallels our familiar physical world, and the doors between the two worlds are open.  “But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem.  You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven.  You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.”  All these things are contrasted with the “mountain that can be touched” and “a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words” that might be heard.  May we not safely conclude that, as the realities of Mount Sinai were apprehended by the senses, so the realities of Mount Zion are to be grasped by the soul?  And this not by any trick of the imagination, but in downright actuality.  The soul has eyes with which to see and ears with which to hear.  Feeble they may be from long disuse, but by the life-giving touch of Christ alive now and capable of sharpest sight and most sensitive hearing.

As we begin to focus upon God the things of the spirit will take shape before our inner eyes.  Obedience to the word of Christ will bring an inward revelation of the Godhead (John 14: 21-23).  It will give acute perception enabling us to see God even as is promised to the pure in heart.  A new God-consciousness will seize upon us and we shall begin to taste and hear and inwardly feel the God who is our life and our all.  There will be seen the constant shining of the light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world.  More and more, as our faculties grow sharper and more sure, God will become to us the great All, and His Presence the glory and wonder of our lives.

-A.W. Tozer (excerpted and adapted from The Pursuit of God)

Let's ask God to open our spiritual eyes that we might “see” the invisible things that are eternal.

Read Hebrews 12:18-29.

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