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Living in two realities

By Dan Alderden | February 19, 2019

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“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honour at God’s right hand.”

Colossians 3:1 NLT

The tension for the follower of Jesus is that we live in two very different worlds at exactly the same time. We live out our daily lives here on planet earth in a natural body with five highly alert natural senses that are constantly overwhelmed and pulled in every imaginable direction. Yet at the same time, we are alive on the inside with the supernatural, eternal life of Christ that is heaven bound, that’s not so concerned with our five natural senses but is in-tune with the very heart and Spirit of God. We are living in two realities. This is not a tension to be eliminated or escaped from, it’s one to be managed and mastered! 

If you’re anything like me, it’s easy to become consumed with the natural life we lead and feel out of touch with the reality and call to kingdom life. Jesus was the perfect example of a man living simultaneously in both realities without neglecting one or the other. He was quite comfortable kickin’ it with His disciples in the fishing boat and then next minute preaching a spontaneous sermon and healing people. He was in-tune with the needs and trends of the community He lived in and yet at any moment could explain the treasures of the kingdom of heaven to a complete stranger. Jesus seemed comfortable living in two realities at the same time and was always ready to make room for the greater reality of heaven to invade earth, even at seemingly inconvenient moments. He was the master of bringing heaven’s ‘super’ to earth’s ‘natural’. 

So what’s the key then for us who have been called to live the same way as Jesus? How do we smash our spreadsheets or dig holes or pay bills or make school lunches, all the while being ready to lay hands on sick people, share the gospel with a complete stranger, meet a practical need that we have no obligation to meet or pray for someone at an inconvenient moment? Paul gives us a clue in his letter to the church at Colossae, “set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honour at God’s right hand.” Set your sights. It’s not that hard really, it just takes a bit more intentionality than it does to engage with our natural reality. Our natural life is staring us in the face from the moment we wake up each morning, while our kingdom life quietly abides inside of us, yet ready to explode onto the scene the moment we set our sights on it. Simply put, it’s a choice. One reality is dominant by default, the other by intention and choice. It’s not always convenient to set our sights, but it is our calling. No wonder Jesus put “your kingdom come” at the top of His example prayer for us (Matthew 6:10). It’s easy to pray “Lord, meet my needs”, but it takes choice and intentionality to pray “your kingdom come through my life today”. Yet that’s exactly what He’s called us to do in the midst of living our natural reality. 

So how do we set our sights? I love how the NIV put’s this verse, “set your hearts on things above”. So whatever engages and moves our hearts towards Christ, will take care of our sights too. What moves your heart towards the things of God and His kingdom? For me it’s worship, prayer, listening to a podcast from one of my favourite preachers. Reading the scriptures with time to ponder what I’m reading. Taking a moment to remember that this world isn’t my home, I’m only passing through. Sharing Jesus with someone and taking a risk for God. This moves my heart in a huge and lasting way. Remembering that people I meet are loved by God and that He might want to use me to interrupt their day with a touch from Him. All of these things move my heart and set my sights on the realities of heaven, yet all of these things require a choice from me and a choice from you. Let’s make the choice today and the next day too, to set our sights on greater things, kingdom things, and let’s live out our incredible calling to walk fully engaged with earth’s and heaven’s realities at the same time, letting heaven change earth at every opportunity. For this is who we are and this is what we’re called to do.

Well, thanks for joining us for our 7 DAY DEVO, we hope and pray that it’s been encouraging and life-giving for you and helped you to capture a little more of the heartbeat of Reality Church and what God is calling us too. If you missed any of the days you can find them all at https://bit.ly/2GuCbOx. We would love you to head over to the new website and get familiar with the content. We also have a ‘Know God’ page which you can use as a tool to point people to Jesus and a relationship with God. Brooke and I are super excited for the greater things God has in store for Reality Church and for every single person who’s part of the fam. We love you so much and we can’t wait to hear the stories of how you introduce people to the Reality of God! 

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