Diamonds and Stones
Some days are diamonds; some days are stones. Not every day is amazing; not every day is a downer. The good news for the Christian is that final and ultimate reality does not lean on our feelings for its truthfulness or facticity. Praise God! It relies only on what Christ has done for us and now says about us. And, He says that in Him, we are a new creation (2 Cor 5;17), we share life in the heavenly realms, though it is presently hidden to the naked eye (Col. 3:1-4).
A New Reality
It’s not that we’re always looking beyond our circumstances, for our spiritual ship to finally come in. Rather, we are looking to all the “circumstances” that are true about us. We may be struggling with our job, if we have one. Our boss may be overbearing, an unreflective micromanager. But, I am a new creation in Christ. My coworkers may be difficult, but I am a son or daughter of the King. I can love, pursue holiness, and care for people, regardless of what’s going on around me. My present circumstances are not all that is true about me; they’re not even the most important thing that is true about me.
Stop and consider: If you are in Christ, you are a new creation. Not, you will be a new creation; you are a new creation! It may not feel like it, but if you trust Christ, God has re-created you. You share fully in the new life to come….now! So decisive is our break from the past, Paul can proclaim, “old things have passed away!” So, imbedded is our life in the world to come, that Paul can say with definitiveness, “look, all things are new!”
Christians live in the real world, with all its challenges, highs, successes, lows, and very-lows! We are realistic about life under the sun. We trust the Lord; we do not presume upon Him. But, we also know that our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal weight of glory that far outweighs all the suffering (2 Cor 4:16-17).
So, what’s the verdict? What shall we choose? Perhaps today we can unequivocally fix our eyes on what is unseen, not on what is seen, for what is unseen is eternal, but what is seen is temporary (2 Cor 4:18)