Higher Ground

One of my favorite songs is called “In Christ Alone”.  Here are some of the lyrics:

In Christ alone my hope is found

He is my light, my strength, my song

This Cornerstone, this solid ground

Firm through the fiercest drought and storm

What heights of love, what depths of peace

My Comforter, my All in All

Here in the love of Christ I stand

I will stand

I will stand, all other ground is sinking sand

All other ground, all other ground

Is sinking sand, is sinking sand

So I’ll stand

Written by Keith Getty/Stuart Townend

My dear readers… the question which is begging to be asked is:  what kind of ground are you standing on?

According to this song, according to the scriptures and according to everything within me and you all of creation (visible and invisible) is shouting out to us that our glorious Christ is the only solid ground!

But let me also ask you this: At what level is this solid ground?  Or let me put it this way; at what place is this ground discovered?  Well if you are paying attention at all you will know that this ground is only to be found in the highest place.  That is, this ground IS the highest ground there is.  It is only to be found in the high places.  This means it is in the heavenly places.

The Problem with the Low Places

I hope that you don’t think that I am making a judgement call when I say this but most Christians are living in the low places!  I know this because my wife and I have been helping believers to come up hither in their personal walk with God as well as in their corporate (church) life for the last twenty-five years.  It is absolutely amazing how most Christians live on such a low place.  Most of these believers honestly and sincerely believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, have had a born-again experience, and are making some attempt at getting to know Him better.  They read their bibles occasionally, go to church on Sunday morning, and try to live a clean and decent life.  They love God and want to be with Him in heaven someday.  Wherever that is and whatever that is!  If they are Fundamentals they read their bibles every day.  If they are Pentecostals they speak in tongues every day.  If they are Evangelicals then they witness to at least one person every day.  Many are attending an institution of higher learning to have a great career.  Some are getting married and having children.  Some are building a business and making lots of money.  Many are very busy with all of these things!  They go to a building on Sunday morning and sit in a pew and listen to a sermon.  This is a description of the typical American Christian life.  But is there anyone out there reading this blog post right now who is asking this simple question:

What is it all for?  What is the purpose for my life?  There MUST be more than this!

Well my dear brothers and sisters, I am here to tell you with every fiber of my being that there is certainly more to it than the typical American (or whatever culture) Christian life.  God definitely has a higher purpose for you and me.  And I am not referring to going to heaven when you die!  What will you do up there?  Float on clouds and play harps for eternity?  PLEASE!!!

Yes, God definitely has a much higher purpose for you and me.  But this purpose is found in a much higher place.  It’s only found on higher ground.  And let me say something right now that is of utmost importance.

Even though this purpose involves you… it is not about you!

You see this purpose is something totally out from God and totally for God.

Living on a Very Low Ground

If you are a believer then you are seated with Christ right now in a certain place.

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” 

Eph. 2:4-7

Now please follow me when I say that being seated with Christ in the heavenly places is your position.  And this position is a spiritual reality and fact right now as you are reading this post.  Right now, you are seated with Him in the heavenly places.  Why?  Because you are in Christ!  Paul is very emphatic when he tells us that we are not only seated with Him but we are also in Him.  We are seated with Him, that is, right beside Him.  BUT… we are also seated in Him, that is, right there inside of our precious Lord!

That is our position right now.  It is a fact just as real (in fact more real!) than I am seated here right now in my office typing this blog post.

However… (you knew that was coming right?)  Just because that glorious truth is my position doesn’t mean that it’s my experience.  Just because I am seated with Christ now in the heavenly places doesn’t mean that I am walking that way and experiencing that reality here on earth.

Paul writes many times about our position in Christ.  He tells us these things throughout his writings, especially in his letters to the Ephesians, Colossians, and Galatians.  However, in all of those writings Paul not only gives us this glorious revelation of our position in Christ and His position in us.  He also gets very practical and tells us how to walk out this spiritual reality and make it practical.

“that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”  Col. 2:2-3

This is a very glorious passage about our position in Christ attained by Christ in His death and resurrection.  But then, in just three verses Paul tells us about how this is lived out in everyday life practically.

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,  having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.  See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.”

Notice with me that now Paul uses such terms as “walk”, being “built up”, “established”, and “instructed”.  These are practical terms that denote our actual experience.  And our experience determines the actual expression of Christ through us to the world.

Walking the Talk

The eternal purpose is that God would have an expression of Himself in Christ through the Church.  And so He has placed us inside of Christ and placed Christ inside of us.  (Christ in you the hope of glory! Colossians 1:27).  The mystery, the purpose, is that God made us one with Christ so that He would be glorified (expressed to the fullest) to all of creation in and through the Church!  Wow!  What a Purpose!

But this expression will only happen as we walk the walk, so to speak.  It must become practical for the glory to be seen by men and angels.  Our position in Christ is a wonderful and glorious thing.  But if we are not walking (that is, abiding in Him and beholding Him) on a daily basis as individuals AND as the redeemed community of God, how will His life (the glory) be seen?

So how does this effect you dear reader?  Are you living in the highest place?  Are you living with a family (community) of believers that are functioning and living by His life?

A Serious (and practical!) Invitation

I have a very radical invitation for you. 

If this post has stirred your heart (and perhaps pricked at your conscience a bit!) and you are definitely hungry to know Christ and live by Him in a deeper way… I have a proposition for you.  If you want to live a deeper community life with other believers in a truly biblical and alive fellowship… then you will want to read this invitation at the webpage below:

A Special Invitation

Author: miltrodriguez

Milt is an author, speaker, and organic church planter.

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