Living for the Invisible

Living with Kingdom values requires a radical new perspective on life. Perhaps the first big step is adjusting our perspective to live for the invisible.
Let’s face it, life is hard! Obligations, responsibilities, expectations, duties, and all the stress that goes with them often doesn’t add up to the “abundant life.” The mundane and monotonous nature of life sometimes makes us feel like it’s not worth getting up out of bed.
Solomon, known as the wisest man who ever lived, hit the nail on the head in the book of Ecclesiastes. He had absolutely everything the world has to offer and a relationship with God, but he used one word to describe the emptiness we still feel:

“All is vanity” (Ecc. 1:2).

But Solomon also helps us understand the reason why we feel this emptiness. It’s because we are eternal beings temporarily trapped in time. Godly discontentment is built into our genetic structure because “(God has) set eternity in (our) heart” (Ecc. 3:11).

In other words, nothing experienced with any of our five senses will ever be enough to truly satisfy our heart. We are made for something bigger. Even in the midst of all the good that we enjoy, deep down in the pit of our stomach something tells us, “There has to be something more,” and that something is invisible.

The Bible says: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of 
things not seen”
(Hebrews 11:1).
Imagine playing hide and seek with an invisible opponent. How much fun could that be? Yet God is asking us to aim at an invisible target. You might be thinking of that old cliche, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” But wait!

Nothing and invisible are vastly different!

In fact, the invisible we need to bring into focus is more real, lasting, and important than any visible target ever was!

God is here. The Bible tells us that His glorious presence fills up the entire universe. God is with us. God Himself came to dwell among us. Our ascended Savior sent the Holy Spirit so that each one of us could connect with and be indwelt with the actual presence of God.

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. (John 14:16-18).

Are we living for God’s invisible kingdom today?

When the Emancipation Proclamation was ratified, all slaves were set free. It was a legal condition, fact, reality. But history records that it was decades, even generations, before many lived free.

To truly live for God’s kingdom we need to remember that every inch of empty space around us is filled with the glorious presence of Almighty God. He is right here with us. We need to retrain our thinking so the reality of His invisible presence will enable us to live for the eternal in our temporal lives.  

“Be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect,” (Romans 12:2).

Praying today that you may you live in the peace of God, by the power of God, to do the will of God, for the glory of God, and the good of others.

Pastor Steven