Position, Perspective, And Priorities
Because of who we are and because of our position in Christ, the Church must maintain a proper perspective on reality. And this perspective that exists in the Kingdom of God is unlike any in the world! Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:18, “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” That should be our outlook on things. We must, as Colossians 3:1-2 tells us, “…seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” This is what David was referring to in Psalm 37:4 when he wrote, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” This wasn’t some kind of “free pass” that allows the saints to covet and expect just anything of which they might conceive. It means as we are more and more given to His will, we begin to see what He sees and we start to understand the path that He has ordained for our lives. We can then pray in His will and according to new desires that have been cultivated by Him in our hearts. And when we pray in this manner, He will grant those desires!
It is no wonder then that Paul continued in 2 Corinthians 5:15-16 by saying, “And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.” In other words, we see differently now. This presents the fourth reality of the Church: we can and must see what others choose to ignore. If we do not, we will miss completely the opportunity to engage in Jesus’ revival movement. Paul preached to the Corinthians concerning the way in which the apostles and other Church leaders viewed humanity. It was no longer “after” or according to the flesh. They could see, after their full conversion, the needs so prevalent in their world. They could see like never before the true need of mankind in terms of salvation. Even their understanding of the man Christ Jesus had changed, now that they could really see. To understand our position in Christ, that special place in the body of Christ upon the earth, means that we must learn to look at things the way that He does. And that will lead us to new priorities. Paul went so far as to say that the love of Christ (moving firstly in them, and then through them) “constrained” them. The word for “constrain” there is the Greek word, sunecho, meaning that they were “held fast” by this love. They were caught in a flow of God’s love to others through their ministry of reconciliation. It cannot be any different with us.
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