It’s difficult to watch the news these days, isn’t it? The vitriol is off the charts. It’s becoming more and more difficult to discern who is being honest. It seems that the best liars gain the upper hand. Do you ever imagine a culture in which there is no word to describe deception – no lie has ever been told and no one has even considered deviating from the truth? I know it’s a dream but stick with me for a moment. This culture of our imagination has such clear lines of authority that it would occur to no one to assert his own rights – or violate another’s. It has a complete absence of conflict, a perfectly united fellowship, and a single plan that everyone single-mindedly pursues. There is no discord there, only harmony. It’s the utopia that we instinctively envisioned, yet never achieved.
Such was the culture of heaven before satan fell like lightning from his high estate. As far as we can tell from Scripture, Lucifer’s rebellion was an isolated incident. It drew many followers – one third of heaven’s hosts, according to many interpretations of Revelation 12:4 – but was not in any way typical of heaven’s inhabitants. No, that culture was perfect. Who would have wanted to mess it up?
We can’t relate to that kind of society in which evil is foreign. We’re not nearly innocent enough for that. We’ve grown up with sin all around us, showing up in violence, bitterness and anger, lust and greed, and all sorts of idolatries. But what we’ve accepted as normal is drastically abnormal. God’s eternal Kingdom will not accept any elements of rebellion, we need to be terrible uncomfortable with it now. We Have to Change.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2)
Our relationship with God is to involve a radical transformation to His culture – a society in which all disobedience to the holy standard found in His Word is a horrifying thought. No lying, no lust, no discord, no rebellion. Our minds must fit the eternal pattern of heaven, not the momentary aberrations of earth. All followers of Jesus Christ are citizens of a very different Kingdom than we’ve ever known. The ways of this world hold nothing for us anymore. Our conformity is over. Transformation must begin. Agree?
Have a life-changing weekend. Make it better by worshiping The LORD with those who live for His pleasure, and who have discovered living with eternity in mind changes everything for the better.
All For Jesus – Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else.
“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, The King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see, to Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15b-16)