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Journey to the Center Of Time

February 6, 2009

Every saint; regardless of where we are spiritually, can remember back to the moment when the angels rejoiced as our name was recorded in the book of life. The day when we awakened in the morning on the wide path that leads to hell, and went to bed that evening a new creature in Christ Jesus. Our understanding of spiritual things was at a minimum and the path ahead would contain battles that we could not even begin to fathom. Yet in that defining moment, this truth became crystal clear. Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of the Living God, had paid for our sins with his own innocent blood and that the gift of eternal life was ours for the asking.  From that moment on, our lives had been forever changed.

Suddenly, the world became a different place. We found our thoughts on spiritual things. There was a desire for the things of God that had never been there before. The bible which once seemed ever so confusing, began to make sense. Not even the archaic words (thee, thou, ye, etc) could hinder the understanding that was granted by the Holy Spirit who teaches us all things and brings to rememberance the words of Jesus. And his word is ever so sweet.  We began to develop a relationship with the Lord through prayer. No longer was prayer a staged tradition; it was a real converesation with the Creator of all that is. We begin to look forward to these moments; when we can get away from the worlds side shows and talk with Jesus who is always as close as the mention of his name.

We begin to tell about this new life in Jesus with others, thinking that they too will be interested in knowing that they can live forever. The responses vary from “I’m happy for you” to “oh no; you’ve gone religious.” But initially, none seem to be interested in knowing Jesus Christ as Savior. Thought provoking questions (such as “if you died tonight, where would you be?”) seem to stir up anger as those attached to the matrix make war against anything that threatens to shatter their illusions. It’s heartbreaking and as we witness the rejection, we are reminded of how we were before Jesus made us free. When we lived for the moment and placed all of our confidence in the laws of physics and pleasure.

Increasingly our conversation directs toward eternal things and finding like-minded saints is greatly desired. This is a search that may last a lifetime and as we grow in the Lord, a disturbing reality begins to manifest. We begin to find that many saints have carved out a niche in the fabric of Christiandom and are content to stay in that niche. Our zeal almost seems to make them uncomfortable. Like those still attached to the matrix, they have a comfort zone and are content with being “this close to the Lord but no closer.” They will use all of the right terminology, but their casual conversation will reveal divers attachments to this world. This too causes heartache because, as the age to come is made more real to us, we begin to understand just how “dead” the conversation of the world is. Yet many choose to plateau in their walk with Christ, dig in, and conform to those who have likewise decided that “this is close enough.”  

But when we encounter saints whose hearts and conversation are completely in heaven, there’s a fellowship like nothing else in this world. They have counted all that this world holds in high esteem as dung; that they may win Christ. Their only desire in this world is to finish the course set before them.  To be a city set on a hill; crying out to the priceless souls who are headed for destruction to consider their ways and look to Jesus while there’s still time. Having no confidence in the flesh or a physical setting that is soon to be no more, they seek to be ever closer to, and ever more in the perfect will of the one who is from everlasting, to everlasting, and holds in his hand the breath of life.

There comes a tipping point; when the spiritual realities become so real to us that the ambience is almost as a dream. We can touch it, move it, and chisel our initials into the rocks, however, we understand from our heart, that it’s all destined to burn. Even the seemingly neutral interests, lose their appeal and we hunger and thirst only for more of Jesus. That we may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings. Prayer time changes as the laundry list of wants transforms into a desire just to be in the presence of the Lord. Most requests are in the form of intercession for the eternal souls who are living in treachery and the other saints who are fighting the good fight. Our will begins to mirror the will of God and the former lusts just fall to the ground like yesterdays newspaper.

Increasing amounts of time may be spent praying and singing in a heavenly language. A language that is beyond our understanding, but expresses those truths too wonderful for an earthly vocabulary to convey. A prayer life that’s void of any selfish influence and is in line with the perfect will of God. Accompanied by melodies which seem to reside so far outside the physical realm that they cannot be compared to anything in this world. We may begin to wonder if the language of eternity is set to music as these phrases seem to require such in order to be properly uttered. We find ourselves in a state of absolute contentment; thinking on the sweetness of the Lord Jesus, who purchased us with his own blood, and has gone to prepare a place for us. The totality of his peace becomes ever more present in our lives as our affections are set completely upon that which is eternal.

The moment arrives, when our departure is at hand and our resume of works, done in Jesus name, follow us into the realm of the everlasting. The blessed hope as when we are absent from the body and present with the Lord. All of the struggles, all of the heartache, all of the tribulations that were witnessed while in this fallen world, become as a distant dream. Time vanishes into the fabric of the everlasting. We pass through the great cloud of witnesses who have gone on before; coming ever closer to our Savior. We stand before Jesus; his glory is so incredible that not even the most vivid imaginations from our previous time came close to portraying. We see the nail scars in his hands and the unfathomable awesomeness of our salvation becomes manifest on a level never before comprehended. His love permeates every part of our being as we are welcomed into our eternal abode. There are no words in our vocabulary that can possibly capture this moment; when we are forever with the Lord Jesus and the saints from every generation who held fast the profession of their faith.

This post has come out far short of what was intended. The journey from the moment that we first believe to the moment when time relinquishes its hold is too incredible and complex to place into a few paragraphs. Yet everyone whose name is recorded in the book of life is on such a journey. My prayer is that we would let go of everything that hinders, everything that would keep our hearts fastened to the temporal, and set our affections firmly on things above. 

I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

Revelation 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”
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Feb 9, 2009 Update:

Greetings again in Jesus name. I read the following post a short while ago and thought to make it known to any who pass by here.

MARKED BY THE BEAST

We know that the world is nearly prepared to receive a man of sin who will corrupt by flatteries. This post highlights how subtle this deception works, as folks unwittingly seek fulfilment through the institutions of this world and thereby fall into the trap. May we all have our eyes on Jesus, our affections on things above, and understand the importance of loving not our lives in this world.

 

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6 comments

  1. Thanks for the inspirational reading. May God Bless you.. Maranatha


  2. Is this your story Timbob? It’s beautiful and poignant at the same time.
    Could this be the beginning of your book venture?


  3. Hi Joeland7. Thanks so much for stopping by.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.


  4. Hi Jerald. It’s a partial description of various points in the journey, but more of a generic overview of things. As we grow closer to the Lord the things of this world lose their appeal and my desire is to always encourage this. I often feel that I fall way short of the ideas that I strive to relay, but we’re all a work in progress.

    Thanks for stopping by. Have a blessed day in Jesus.


  5. Hi Timbob, this is so beautifully written. Thank you for the inspiration today.
    May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you always.
    Scotti


  6. Hi Scotti. The journey is awesome as we draw ever closer to Jesus. Thanks so much for stopping by. A apolagize for not getting around as much as I once did. These are incredibly hectic times.

    Blessings to you and your household in Jesus name.

    timbob



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