It hit me.
Like a feather yet like a brick.
It’s what I’ve known but never really known.
It fully explains the condition of my heart.
For some reason lately, I have had a deep lack of care and desire for materialistic things. For fashion. For success. For money.
I thought it rather odd at first, because all around me is a pursuit for these very things.
But here it is, my friend:
I have Christ Jesus.
He is the richest treasure I will ever hold.
He is the highest title and success and status I will ever be given.
He is the upmost pleasure and satisfaction my soul will ever know.
My treasure is in Christ Jesus.
My success is in Christ Jesus.
My pleasure is in Christ Jesus.
I have it all. I have found the highest and the most, the greatest and grandest.
I have captured the sun, now lightbulbs appear dim.
I have the ocean in my hand, so the pools seem shallow.
I have the roaring wind, so the fan is faint.
I have fire blazing, so the match is timid.
I have the glory of glory in Christ Jesus.
Real glory. Real deepness. Real joy.
I think it’s but a natural thing for my heart to lose interest and passion for the things of this world once meeting Jesus.
I’ve tasted Ghirardelli’s and am never going back to Hershey’s.
I’ve found something better. Sweeter. Richer.
It sounds all pretty and poetic. It sounds passionate and poised.
But let me tell you:
It doesn’t really look like that.
It’s so utterly contrary to this world.
To this culture, to this generation, to this time.
The world around me is all about moving up, about buying a new car with the brand logo standing up on the hood, about seeking the most aesthetic, most beautiful comfort and immersing in it.
And I look around, and by the grace of God, see it empty.
It’s not that I don’t think those things would be nice and fun and comforting and exciting.
But more so that those things are going to be pleasing for a quick moment, a hot minute..
But the glory in Christ Jesus is glory forever.
Faith in the Kingdom of Heaven is real. Soon, and soon enough, the Kingdom of Heaven will really and actually be my home. Our home.
Soon, and soon enough, we will actually see our sweet Jesus.. eyes of fire and hair as white as wool, “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” written on his thigh.
Soon, and soon enough, death and mourning and pain will actually be but the faintest of memories. And so will success and fashion and money- all but the faintest of memories.
We will live in perfect goodness, bound and knit together by love alone, for the deepest moment of eternity we have yet known.
When I read through Jesus teaching, I wonder why I always hear Jesus saying, “Truly, truly…”
Sometimes, I can’t help but to think that it’s because we are creatures of knowledge but not necessarily understanding. I “know” that the Kingdom of Heaven is my home, but I don’t really know it.
“Truly, truly.” He beckons our hearts into understanding.
Truly, truly, my sister, hear this:
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ who is your life appears, then you will appear with him in glory.”
It says it all.
May the words formed by syllables become living and active, piercing to our souls.
We have been raised with Christ. Oh, if we could know but a drop, a shadow, a glimpse of the glory that contains! We have been raised with Christ.
Since we are raised with Christ, may we seek Him. May we set our hearts on Heaven. May a heavenly thinking, understanding, and reality seep into our days.
It’s simple: my life is in Christ. It’s above. My truest life I have not yet known, yet know to be true.
And when He appears, so will I, with Him, in glory.
This. My real life.
Yet here and now, while we are still living on this side of eternity- if we have been raised with Christ, it means we have also died with Christ. Died to ourselves. Died to this world. Pierced and crucified.
“…by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” Galatians 6:14
So I’m done.
I’m done believing that materialistic things hold any value. That they bring about the pleasure I crave. That they will fill a deep void.
I’m done buying into the cultural attitude that the style of my clothes, the aesthetics of my decorations, the appearance of my lifestyle matter at all.
I’m done striving for man-made titles and success and money, thinking my worth, thinking the adoration and favor from my Father rests on those.
It’s chasing the wind.
I have my sweet Jesus.
My life is hidden with Christ in God. In the heavenly places.
And Christ has for me an inheritance of riches that are heavenly prized- ones that can’t fade nor collect dust.
It’s not just a pretty thought.
It’s my reality.
May the Lord grant us grace to see that we are heading towards diamonds while standing amidst dust.
May He give us vision to see the Kingdom here, now.
May He set our hearts firmly on the love, on the inheritance of Christ Jesus. Each and every day, until the highest of our hopes becomes more real than we ever could’ve imagined.
Sisters, our life is Christ.
Oh, Christ Jesus. What a deep and joyful life is found in you! May we know it to be ever true.
With much, much love. And a sense of freedom to live radically for my Christ Jesus. -Melissa
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