Created for Another World

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation,” said Henry Thoreau. I think he was right. And if this is true, it’s because we were created for another world much different from the one in which we now live. Take a look around and notice that you yearn for more, something different. Most realize that we can’t be fully satisfied here for very long. It’s unsustainable. Like the song says, “I can’t get no satisfaction.” Don’t fret though. God made you this way, that is, desiring more than this.

It’s actually a good thing that you want more, that you can’t get lasting satisfaction here. The reason is simple. It’s because even your “yearning,” your desire for more, for that something you can’t put your finger on or your mind around, is eternal, “other worldly” so to speak. We sometimes try to drown out that recurring feeling by focusing on other things right in front of us, like our kids, our jobs, our possessions, and our little world around us, ourselves and our little space. We try to fill the void.

Since your five senses can’t perceive beyond this world, it becomes necessary then for the other bigger world or eternal world (beyond our space/time situation), to invade or reduce itself in order to enter into our limited (not eternal) space/time world, so that we can perceive or partake of this other world beyond our senses. Let’s call that space beyond ours, God’s domain, or as it is referred to in some places, “heaven.” It’s like an invisible curtain right out in front of us that has so much more behind it.

We are separated from the other side of this invisible curtain, God’s domain, and can only gain a limited access now, and only on His terms. Like your computer, to access the web you must turn on your computer using the power source, using it per manufacturer’s directions, and using the correct password. Otherwise, you have no access to this other world called “the web.”Likewise, you are unable to gain access into God’s domain, “heaven,” without the power Source, following the Manufacturer’s directions, and having the correct password.

In the Beginning

God made the Universe and everything in it. He is the Manufacturer and still owns it all. Everything you see and use, you will leave for someone else when you give up your temporary body as it expires. While you are here though you have a recurring yearning for this “other world” the “more” where God is and is able to satisfy your deepest desires. God wants you to have access to what it is you are yearning for, partially now and fully later if you are willing. Yes, God the Manufacturer of you and the world in which you live wants you to have access to Himself and His “other world” where He exists, into His presence. He wants you to step into it partially now with your present limitations and fully later when He gives you a body without these limitations. Again, only if you are willing.

The only thing God doesn’t own is your right to yourself. Let’s call it your “will.” He created mankind with the ability to say, “I will” and with the ability to say, “I will not.” It’s your will, your free will. Yours to do with as you wish. He made you this way. It’s the way you are wired. If you will to know God, it then becomes necessary to come to Him as He has prescribed. Again, on His terms as He the Creator of all has provided and made clear in more than one way.

What Went Wrong?

Adam and Eve rebelled against God by exercising their free will against the will of God resulting in humanity losing access to what we fallen ones now yearn for without even knowing quite what it is we lost. You see, man was given this free will by God and we said through Adam, “I will not” to God. We’ve been in a fix ever since, separated from God. But God had a plan by which we could be restored, redeemed from this fix or condition of despair and separation from God and His domain. In fact, He began to lay it out piece by piece as history (His Story) unfolded. He, the Creator of the world, has made Himself evident to all of us three ways as the Bible says. Through what has been made, His creation (Romans 1:20); through His Word, what He caused to be written about Himself and His plan; and also through that inner voice inside each of us (if we haven’t already killed it) written on our hearts, that causes us to know there is a God and another place for which we yearn.

God so loved mankind, His creation, that even though we rebelled against Him and deserved the consequences of that action (death), He gave His only Son to become one of us, coming as a Jewish child born of a virgin (since God was the Father of that special Son). God reduced Himself becoming one of us. Mary the virgin carried this child and birthed this Son of God who was born sinless/perfect, lived perfect, died perfect paying for our rebellion on the Cross so we could escape eternal separation and eternal death. He atoned for our rebellion and sin, having none of His own, being the Son of God. He came to redeem us from eternal separation from God (death and hell), by paying for our rebellion/sin on the Cross. Then God raised Jesus from the dead on the third day as He said He would in the Old Testament with a body unlike the first body He had on the Cross. It was like His human body but so much more, super human if you will, without the limitations in which He had reduced Himself in order to become like one of us. You see, God made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf so that we might become the righteousness of God (2Cor 5:21). In other words, Jesus traded places with you and me. He died our deserved death then was raised into the new creation, in a body like we are promised if we are willing. He was the first born of these future new bodies for all that believe.

That’s why His Son, Jesus said (in John 3:16) that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes shall not perish but have eternal life (life in God’s domain where we can live forever in new eternal bodies). This means freedom from the penalty of our (humanity’s) rebellion, fellowship with God and access to His Kingdom partially now and fully later when we get our new bodies in the Resurrection and we are all raised into bodies like that of Jesus when He was raised from the dead after He paid the price on the Cross for our redemption. Hundreds and hundreds of people saw him. History documents this fact. Those that saw Him in the new body after being raised from the dead after the Cross, went on to tell the world of this great event, the incredibly good news of God’s grace toward mankind. This event changed history and continues to change the world as God’s creation returns to Him one heart at a time.

What If I’m Willing?

So how do I access God and His domain? To use the computer analogy, just as you plug in the computer because you believe it will work, you’ll need to believe in order to plug into what God has for you. And you may need to go to your knees to find the receptacle to plug into. God’s receptacle power source for us is the Cross. The password? Jesus Christ. Jesus made it clear that He alone can provide access to God (John 14:6) by what He did on the Cross. Jesus showed us and provided us the way to have access to God now and fully into His presence with new bodies in the future when He restores all of His creation. But we must be willing to believe Him, stop going our own way and turn toward Him. The Bible calls that action “repentance.” The first step is agreeing with God of our condition that we are separated from Him by “sin,” that self serving condition that rules us, and then by turning away from our selfish sinfulness towards Him saying, “Thy will be done,” where He is Lord, not self.

The Bible says that if you will believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, you shall be saved (Romans 10:9). He will then begin to change you and set you on a journey toward Him ultimately receiving all that He has prepared for those who will believe. It’s an act of the will. Belief is not an intellectual act, it’s a moral act. When we choose to make Him Lord of our lives, God then saves you from your existing condition, drops His Holy Spirit into your body as a down payment of what’s to come (2 Corinthians 1:22) and as a Helper to do in you what Jesus’ work on the Cross provides, transformation into the likeness and image of Christ in many ways now and then one day giving you a new body like His resurrected body, this taking place at the great Resurrection when all who have passed are raised to new life (1 Corinthians 15 and 1Thessalonians 4).

Which of These Two Are You?

C.S. Lewis said that there are only two kinds of people, those that say to God, “Thy will be done” and those to whom God says, “Okay, have it your way.” Those that will, God transforms, as He did Lewis. Those that will not must go their own way. It doesn’t end well, just more sin and separation from God ending in eternal separation/damnation.

Most of us know well that everything here on earth that we strive for brings no lasting satisfaction. What we want and need is other worldly, in God’s domain, in His presence. Jesus said that if we seek first the Kingdom of God, all these other things shall be added to you (Matthew 6:33). If you yearn for Him and His domain, believing Him and His Word, the other stuff gets thrown in according to His will. Your will and His become one. You will eventually come to the point that you realize it is He that is at work in you to will and to do His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). What you want to do is a desire He has placed in your heart so that as Calvin said, you can “love God and do as you please.” Because if you truly do love God, your will and His become one so that if you want to do something, it is He that is at work in you (1Peter 4:2). That’s why the Bible says delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4). His Holy Spirit in you does all this.

You may say, “Well I know a lot of so called Christians that don’t seem right or like what you’re saying.” True, there’s a lot of Christians who believe to the point of being saved but appear in some ways to still live like all those around them. They are redeemed and will receive what God has promised, but God isn’t done with them yet. He is slowly transforming them into the image of His Son (Ephesians 4:13). You see, many believers believe but don’t seem to hear God and follow His promptings. 2 Chronicles 17:9 says that the eyes of God roam throughout the earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose hearts are wholly His. There are many believers that are living way below their privileges because they are not “wholly” His. They live among the seeing but don’t open their eyes in order to fit in with the blind and conform to the world around them. You may also come in contact with people who go to church and say they are Christians when in fact they are not. They remain in quiet desperation and even bondage. They have never yielded their will to God’s will, surrendering their life to God. If they never do, they will one day stand before their Creator who will say, “I never knew you. Depart from Me” (Matthew 7:23).

Some Things Don’t Make Sense To Me

This I know. God’s ways are the manifestation of the Eternal Principles of right! I don’t pretend to understand all of what He does and has done. But again, just as our seeing, hearing, and other perceptive senses are limited, so is the mind. We are all pea brains compared to God. As God reveals something to me that I didn’t understand before, I’ve learned to step into that light. As we are given more light and step into it, more is given in greater measure. God reveals Himself to obedience not disobedience. So when I step into that light, more is revealed. I now understand His ways so much more than when I first believed and trusted Him with my life. God only reveals Himself to those who come with their mind and their heart. Jesus said that if you choose to do God’s will you shall know of His words (John 7:17). Choosing to be obedient to God’s will for you opens up understanding of the things behind the invisible curtain.

So here’s the deal, Christ died to save you from the consequences of sin and death that all started at the Fall of humanity (read the account of Adam and Eve). But because of God’s gracious act of sending Jesus to rescue us we can be saved from this horrible outcome and be filled with joy and peace the result of faith, hope, and love (1 Corinthians 13). When we make a moral decision to submit our will to His, asking His forgiveness for our sin, becoming “willing,” choosing to believe in Him, that He has atoned for our sin on the Cross, risen from the dead, and we then confess this, we become saved, born again as Jesus said (John 3:7), and ready to embark on the greatest of all journeys. A journey where Jesus is Lord and we have access to all that He has for us both here now and so much more later when God our Creator restores all things to what He originally intended before we exercised our will away from Him. The Bible says that your body and all creation yearns, even groans, to be liberated from this bondage of decay (Romans 8:21). And He has provided the solution for you and me and all creation, which is incredibly good news!

What Now?

Will you believe? Will you bow at the Cross of Christ, plug into the Eternal? Accept what God has provided for you in Christ’s death on the Cross and His Resurrection. If you come to Him, calling on the name, Jesus Christ (God’s password), you shall be saved! Sin and guilt are removed! You enter into His domain now and have begun an eternal journey. Jesus said it this way, “I am the way, the truth, and the light. No one comes to the Father but by me” (John 14:6).
If you are willing and choose to believe, you can pray this prayer:

“Dear God, I believe You exist and agree with You that I have fallen short of the mark. I am a sinner. I have served myself over You and realize that I am in need of Your forgiveness and redemption. I now choose to believe and thank You for sending Jesus your Son to die on the Cross and to be raised from death providing me a way to know You and experience all that You are and have for me, new life in Christ. May I sense Your Holy Spirit in me as I confess Jesus Christ as Lord and You Father God creator of the Universe. These things I pray in the name of Jesus, Amen!”

If you have prayed this prayer and meant it, congratulations and welcome into the Kingdom of God! Go tell someone of your decision and prayer. It’s important that you “confess with your mouth,” tell another what you have done. You may actually feel God’s Holy Spirit, His presence, come on you as you do. He is our Helper and deposit of what is to come (Ephesians 1:14). Now, all things that happen in your life (good and bad), God will cause to work together for your good because you love God and are now called, following Him instead of self (Romans 8:28). The sin barrier is removed and He now hears your prayers like never before (John 9:31, Isaiah 59:2). Pray and enjoy His presence. There is so much in His promises for those who believe. Open the Book, His Word, and take your fill! He will open it up to you as you come willingly. Start with the Book of John (the fourth book of the New Testament). Find a church that can help you grow, teach you God’s Word, and encourage you along. And first chance you get, be baptized into the family of God. This will be pleasing to God and thrill your heart!

Congratulations! The angels in heaven rejoice over one that does what you have just done and I will too if you let me know. Please email me and let me know at jimrice@brusharbor.com.

 

 

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