There was this Bible college course this week that has just resonated all through the weekend. It addressed the tangible and the transcendant and how many in this world will only see the tangible missing the mysteries of God. I could elaborate on that for awhile but I want to hone in on the limits of each realm.
I have been thinking lately about my life, its limits, its adventures, its potential risks, and such. As I thought these things, this class and these truths dropped right into the fray. The more I received from this portion the more I saw a greater truth behind my life. So much of my thinking,my planning, and my living was being limited by what I could see. The tangible things such as my job, my past, my present situations, and the thoughts of tomorrow(tangible through emotions) were defining my life.
This life is SO small. It is but a paragraph in my novel of a life, it is simple almost meaningless but it is attached to something greater. The transcendant, the place where God’s words God’s promises and God’s presence resides. This is a very real place that I can reside in here and now. It is here my life truly is. My tangible life like any out there is characterized solely by loss. I will acquire and I will lose in this life, it is the simple principle of death. Even an enduring legacy has an endate, sorry Steve Jobs but there will be a day “i” will no longer be a prefix to our tech. #ihistory
This is difficult to accept. I believe it is the harder truth to believe for any on the road to Christ or those who have believed for a long season. But the transcendant, what about this life? This is the life, this is where our lives are made large as we access eternal resources. Take a quick look at these diamonds…
Psa 18:19 He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.Rom 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Rom 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Rev 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Rev 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Jos 23:14 And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.
These only touch a vast volume of promises, possibilities, and blessings within the transcendant life. I absolutely love the account of Joshua as he speaks of his passing and God’s enduring. NOT ONE THING has failed!
My life has done nothing but increase since Christ entered in and I daresay that any that believe can and will testify of the same. It is as if my life became a glove(a very stubborn glove with a mind of its own) for God to animate and give greater life. It is through this threshhold of faith that my life became something of a mystery. People seriously look in and cannot quite figure it out. There is a mysterious provision, a mysterious joy that persists, and a mysterious grace that has allowed me to go through the muck of life.
It is mysterious how simplifying the tangible life has expanded the transcendant. I do think there is a certain beauty in lives that by sight look extremely mundane. There is a mundane magnificence in Christ! Many looking in could say I live such a restrictive life, but they fail to see beyond the tangible and often do not think to ask about the content within my heart and soul.
This is the transcendant life; It is depth, content, convictions, and roots keeping our trees of life standing through the storms. I am quite alright refraining from living within certain lifestyles tangibly as the depths of the transcendant have satisfied beyond what I could imagine. The limits are undefined, the possibilities are truly endless, the blessings abound, the provisions pour out, the satisfaction is complete, the Love is lasting, and the promises are sure…Transcend by faith in Jesus Christ.
It is here that God operates on and in our lives and it is exactly where I believe the true human potential is realized.