God wants me to do this study. It all started with something Ann Voskamp said in one of her posts that I received in my inbox. She said, “In Christ, you’re a native of Heaven right now. You aren’t a citizen of here trying to work into Heaven. You’re a citizen of Heaven trying to work through here.” (my emphasis) She went on to say: “When your ethnicity is Heaven, then all adversity offers the gift of intimacy, driving you into the home of His heart.” (I capitalized Heaven because it is a place, like New York is a place.)
I actually copied and pasted what she said into a Word doc, changed the font size, printed it out, cut the section of words out and taped it over my desk. The concept is not new to me. I’ve heard it many times before, but it is the way she said it that made me pause: “You’re a citizen of Heaven trying to work through here.” What happens when one suddenly realizes that one is no longer totally human but a divine hybrid: the Spirit of God living inside the flesh of a human. This is what is meant when Jesus said: “The Kingdom of God is among you.” He is the Kingdom of God. God is the Kingdom of God. It’s very much a place where angels are singing His praises, where there is a group of 24 elders sitting around the throne (Rev. 4:4), where there are four living creatures (they must have been so strange looking that John was at a loss for words to describe them to give us a clear picture of what they really look like.), where we are going one day and where an unbelievably fantastic city has been built, as it is a state of mind. It’s what John saw in visions that blew his mind. He must have sat on Patmos for months afterward in a daze.
I fully don’t appreciate what He’s done to me; sticking His Spirit inside of me and making me one of His own. This requires a lot of contemplation and time with Him and I still don’t think I will fully understand it all until I see Him with my own eyes. But He is very anxious to show me something which is why I am getting nagged into doing this study. It’s like existing there and here at the same time. It’s a concept Einstein would feel very comfortable with. It’s a quantum reality taken to divine heights. Because He calls things that do not exist as though they did (Romans 4:17). …”God who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did.” We are His children; we exist in His glory. We are already there while we are here because of the indwelling of His Holy Spirit. But we cannot see this with humans eyes. It’s impossible. We must look with Divine Eyes; looking into the invisible.
I think we fully don’t understand or appreciate it because we view even the conception of Jesus within Mary by the Holy Spirit as common. We don’t stand in awe of it and I think that’s because of the worldly traditions of Christmas with all it’s decorations and tinsel and presents overwhelming it. There is no time for contemplation when one is running frantically from store to store buying bits of commercialism to please another person, rather than God. (I sometimes wish I could spend just a week in a monastery in prayer and contemplation without the worldly crap dumping on me. What if I could just don a black robe and pray with monks and study and pray and contemplate?)
Since I can’t do that right now, I will do this series of studies and publish them here. The ones He calls, He sets apart for His divine purpose. Imagine that…being chosen by a Being that can create an entire universe just by thought. Or like Beth Moore once said on a CD I was listening to, that He created it all hanging upside down on monkey bars. Yeah…I can see Him doing that, too. He’s eccentric. There is none like Him.