As children of God, we need to have a certain kind of awareness; the awareness of our divine nature. Too many of God’s people are so used to this world in which we live that they have forgotten their heavenly origin.
The Lord Jesus said that we are not of this world (John 15:19). However, we were left in this world to bring the light of God’s glory to the world through the glorious Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. To settle and to get used to this world is to deny your true nature; a nature which is not of this world. Because of the many entanglements of this world, it is easy to be weighed down and slowed down from running our race here with all zeal and energy.
To settle and to get used to this world is to deny your true nature; a nature which is not of this world.
God made us a beacon of hope for the world and for all creation. We are a special kind of species created by the Word of God to bring Heaven down to earth i.e. light into darkness. “Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.” James 1:18 ASV
The Apostle Peter said (in 1 Peter 2:9 ASV), “But ye are an elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that ye may show forth the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” We are a new breed; a special creation from God into earth.
Having this understanding will set you apart with a different attitude. God did not bring us into the world to fit in. Our very nature does not make it right for us to be caught up in the world. The moment a Christian loses sight of his divine origin, he paves the way for his light to dim and to allow the forces of evil and the weights of this world to drag him down.
God made us to soar and live life from the perspective of Heaven. Our affairs in this world should be governed by our Father from Heaven. It is of no surprise that the Lord Jesus, when He walked this earth, lived a life of such persistent prayer and dependence on the Father.
He said at one time; “I am able to do nothing from Myself [independently, of My own accord–but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders]. Even as I hear, I judge [I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision], and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me.” John 5:30 AMP.
Jesus was observed to isolate himself from people into solitary places to spend long periods of time in prayer (Mark 1:35). He recognized that he was a bridge between two worlds; the kingdoms of the world and the Kingdom of Heaven.
Jesus knew that he was the Father’s image on earth; the visible representation of the Father’s glory, hence, he kept himself unspotted from the world. This was the secret to the life of power and great authority he had. It behooves us, as followers of the Lord, to do the same.
Jesus knew that he was the Father’s image on earth; the visible representation of the Father’s glory, hence, he kept himself unspotted from the world.
It will be very easy to be distracted from our true identity and mission on earth as children of God if we allow the cares and pleasures of this world to have a place in our hearts. It is for this reason that we are admonished to set our affections on things that are above (Col 3:2). Our citizenship is in Heaven and as a result we are here on earth as ambassadors for Christ with a mission (Phi 3:20, 2 Cor 5:20).
If you have read up to this point, I would like you to take a moment to reflect on your life and see if you have given anything on this earth too much relevance and power in your affections. Is your job taking away your focus from your heavenly origin? Could it be your relationships, your education, family, people, money?
Take the time to examine yourself and ask the Lord to search your heart. And if there happens to be anything that is weighing you down and shifting your focus to this temporary realm of life on earth, the Lord will reveal it to you so you can have a change of heart. Let the Lord have His way in your life. He will help you realign your focus.
In conclusion, the prophet Isaiah made a very profound statement in Isaiah 40:31; “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” You need to wait on the Lord all the time if you are to live with your strength constantly renewed.
It is important to separate yourself and spend time waiting on the Lord; taking your attention off everything else and settling it only on the Lord. As you do this, you get more in sync with the Lord’s purposes for you. You renew your strength and you are empowered to soar in lofty places with the Lord.
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
©Prince A. Poku. June 2020