Are we just forgiven? What does it practically mean to be “born-again?”
Consider, if when we received Christ we’d been born-AGAIN into the same corrupt nature of the world, we’d be just as powerless to live our “new life” as our old one. Our lives on earth would merely be a sedentary time-waste, a royal nation standing in a slow-moving, inconsequential amusement park line, waiting for the ride of heaven.
On the contrary, Christ unveiled a different possibility, a new reality, a kingdom of heaven on the earth that was not only possible to engage, but ought to become the new operating system by which every born-again person functions.
In telling his disciples to feed the multitudes of four and five thousand, to pay taxes from a fish’s mouth, [Peter] to walk on water, to command fig trees and hindering mountains to be removed, to heal the sick, cast out demons, raise the dead in every town and village – in all these teachings and demonstrations Christ revealed that the miraculous was not intended to be a series of isolated incidents or even outside the norm occurrence for the redeemed.
Instead, these continual events and admonishments to follow His example (and even greater) reveal it’s entirely possible to daily walk by the rules and realities of a different kingdom that is available to us as new creations here, now, on this earth and leading into the age to come. This Kingdom-near life is to become our new norm, our new natural, no longer viewed as super or extraordinary, but everyday to saints in Christ.
So, may a lack of heavenly dwelling and influence become the rare, surprising outcome for the child of God. May the flesh and every lacking pattern of this world become the new abnormal. If our spirits have truly been seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus, let us renew our minds in alignment and awareness of that new residence and office. That is, to live and operate daily in glory, to glory.
This is our now home. These are our new, royal digs in God.