READY?

Imagine that you are totally tired of this rat race and wanted to get completely off the grid.  Then imagine that you were given the opportunity to lie on an isolated island with all of the basic necessities provided free.  What would you do with all your stuff?  No need for cars, cell phones, TVs, etc.  Who would get them?

A somewhat similar scenario awaits Christians.  We are preparing to live in an unknown, invisible and eternal place.  We will not be able to take any physical stuff, but we will need to get our spiritual stuff ready.  The media constantly tells us that we need more, newer and better stuff.  God has given us all many earthly material blessings to live the abundant physical life.  However, rather than cling to them, we should enjoy them but be ready to help others with them when need arises.  (2 Cor. 1:3-4)

Christians are promised that when the Chief Shepherd appears, we will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. (1Pe. 5:4) (Col. 3:4)  Although we cannot know what we’ll be like, we know that when he does appear, we shall be like him for we shall see Him as he is. (1Jo. 3:2-3)  Will we be able to just appear in places or in different forms as Jesus did? (Lk. 24:36) (Mk. 16:12)  Lk. 24:15-16)  Paul gives us a small hint in 1 Cor. 15.  He compares our resurrected body with our present physical one to the difference between a seed and a full-grown plant.

It seems we can’t really get ready physically for such a change, but we are expected to start here and now on our spiritual self.  We are told that we will reign with Christ (2Tim. 2:12) for ever and ever (Rev. 22: 3-5) and that we will judge angels. (1Cor. 6:2-3)  Ready?  Paul spends many verses talking about the changes from our old self to the new. (Rom. 6) (Col. 3) (Gal. 5)  It is a change from the old sinful nature to that of one who lives in accordance with the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 8)  He outlines what that looks like in Romans 12 and Galatians 5 and many other places.  Our new eternal life will be a huge transformation, perhaps that is why we are told to transform our minds to become more like Christ here.  We need no physical stuff but let’s not neglect our spiritual stuff.  Are we ready?

 

—-Jim Bailey