Thursday, March 27, 2008

Thinking Like An Alien

“We are not citizens of this world trying to make our way to heaven; we are citizens of heaven trying to make our way through this world. That radical Christian insight can be life-changing. We are not to live so as to earn God’s love, inherit heaven, and purchase our salvation. All those are given to us as gifts; gifts bought by Jesus on the cross and handed over to us. We are to live as God’s redeemed, as heirs of heaven, and as citizens of another land: the Kingdom of God. We live as those who are on a journey home: a home we know will have the lights on and the door open and our Father waiting for us when we arrive. That means in all adversity our worship of God is joyful, our life is hopeful, our future is secure. There is nothing we can lose on earth that can rob you of the treasures God has given and will give us.” ~The Landisfarne (via the Anglican Digest)

I'm trying to think like an alien. I'm trying to change my thought process... my paradigm. Trying to get out of the box, off the farm, out of the bubble. It's so easy to do things the way we've always done it. It's so easy to see this world, this realm and stop with that... instead of trying to look past it. It's the same for worship. We do it all the time. Stand, sing four songs, close our eyes for the third, raise our hands during the fourth, then sit down. As if we were earthlings hoping to meet God one day, praying to Him far away in heaven. We go through the motions of true Biblical worship with an earthly mindset. But I'm not an earthling. The reality is that I'm an alien to this world. The Word says that "God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus." (Eph. 2:6) We are of heaven. Imagine what it would be like if we worshipped Him like we believed that. If we were there now, in front of his throne with the elders, seeing the lightning, feeling the air shudder, seeing the clouds swirl and the sea of glass at the foot of His throne... hearing the thunder and the sound of his voice like crashing ocean waves... watching the fire flash from around Him, chorusing with the four living creatures who surround his throne and falling to our faces, weak with trembling limbs. Imagine if that were our worship experience. The truth is, that's how it is everyday. Will we remain in this world? Or will we realize our place in heaven and join them?

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