Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What's Really Real? ...
Ok, so I am not an existentialist, and it's not a trick question.  There is a reality beyond what we can see with our eyes.  The reality of eternity and the world beyond our senses is as real and even more permanent than anything we can touch or feel.  The bible makes it clear that as a believer we are to be focused on the Kingdom of God more than the Kingdom of Man.  But what does that really mean?  I heard a term once that I think gives some clarity to the concept....having "Eternal Eyes", means to see things from the perspective that everything we do ultimately has eternal consequences.  It means seeing things from God's point of view.  Are we living for the material, in bondage to the things that will certainly perish?... Or are we consistently living for Christ and drawing people closer to Him?  That is where the richest blessings are for the Christian.  So the question is...
What's Really Real? 

 What is seen cannot be trusted
It’s the unseen that’s really real
The truth is in what God says
Not in what we think or feel
Reality is what’s eternal
Not this earthly walk of life
Yet we focus on the temporal
Both the glory and the strife
Our feelings are deceptive
The world around will lie straight faced
And if we listen to these voices
Then we miss out on God’s grace
Eyes of faith are what’s required
An eternal mindset is what we need
Looking past the physical
To the lasting reality
There is a joy that is eternal
And a peace that comes with truth
There is freedom found in God himself
From earthly chains we can be loosed
It’s a choice we make each moment
Whether temporal or eternal view
No matter what circumstances come
How you see it is up to you

 John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

2Co 5:4-8 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.  Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.  Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:  (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."
Jim Elliot

 I want to thank Dr Matt Olsen, President of Northland International University, for the message that he preached on the life of Joseph that prompted this poem.