I saw that the kingdom must be interior before it can be exterior, that it is a kingdom of ideas, and not one of brute force; that His rule is over hearts, not over places; that His victories must be inward before they can be outward; that He seeks to control spirits rather than bodies; that no triumph could satisfy Him but a triumph that gains the heart; that in short, where God really reigns, the surrender must be the interior surrender of the convicted free men, and not merely the outward surrender of the conquered slave. — Hannah
We’re living in a very interesting chapter of the “Great Story” of human history. Eden is in the past. The great crisis emerged because sin separated humanity from a righteous and Holy God. Then came the climax of the cross were Jesus Christ heroically sacrificed Himself so that we might have unity and intimacy with our Creator one more time.
Is that the end of it? Not at all. Christ will return again and human history, as we know it on Earth, will end as the full-blown Kingdom of God is reestablished throughout the universe 100%.
But we’re not there yet. We’re living in the “already, but not yet,” a finite season where the Spirit of God is renewing the spirits of men and women who draw near to Him in faith—from the inside out—setting the stage for His physical return. Story writers call it the restoration.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
How’s your heart today? Are you worried about exterior concerns or are you experiencing the peace of inner renewal?
Heavenly Father, give me eyes to see the unseen, so that I might walk by faith in a decaying body through a world that is going from bad to worse. Open up Your Word to my mind that I might be able to embrace this season of in-betweenness and celebrate what You have done in me through Christ. Amen.
Taken from Pete’s 365-day devotional book Experiencing LIFE Today.