Heavenly places (the complete post….)

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Lounging on a white sand beach watching the sun set in all its beauty over the expanse of the ocean.  That’s my heaven on earth.  I love the sound of the ocean waves, the quiet of the morning sunrise, and the array of colors displayed as that fire slowly sinks into the waters of the evening.  I’ve been blessed to relax on more spectacular beaches than I had ever dreamed possible in my youth.  Of all the many wonderful places to see on this earth, nothing compares to this experience thus far.  The magnificence of what God has created stirs a praise so deep there are no words to express it.  Yet as I sit in His presence admiring His handiwork, His presence is so tangible no words are needed. He knows.  He delights in these moments with me and fills the experience with peace that truly passes all understanding.

Once we traveled with friends to a wonderful resort in Mexico.  As we walked back to our rooms one afternoon we saw a family at the outdoor concierge desk as they were checking out.  A young boy was dejectedly waiting for the process to be completed, his head hung low with the disappointment of having to leave and return home. We paused to speak with him and asked him if he had enjoyed his stay.

“Oh yes!  But now we have to go home.”

“Where do you live?” we asked.

With the saddest tone he replied

“The Bahamas.”

Seriously?  Oh, how sad to have to return home to the Bahamas!!!  We walked away laughing at a child’s perspective of what had become boring and common to him.

Sometimes as Christians we aren’t that different that this little boy.  Sometimes we get bored with following Jesus.  We go to church and sing the songs and return home leaving the worship experience behind.

Jesus took time to get away.  He had crowds clamoring for His attention everywhere He went.  He sometimes retreated to the mountains, other times to the sea.  He knew He needed time to be refreshed.  Perhaps while He was busy with the mission God had for Him, He was also thinking about the next time He would be able to get away with God.  Yet He enjoyed every day of His life, no matter what He had to do because He knew that God was with Him.

…He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.  Ephesians 2:6

I don’t pretend to understand all that it means to be seated with Christ in the heavenly places.  But if by my confession of faith in Him He has saved me from all sin and made me alive together in fellowship and union with Christ, I want to take my seat!!  I don’t want to forget the wonder of being born again, the magnitude of the grace He has showered over me, or the promises He gave to me that my life would be more than I could have ever imagined – in Him.  Taking my place seated with Him will most surely give me a new perspective on every aspect of my life, every day.

Need a new outlook on your life?  Take a seat!

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