John 14:2 (this is the view from my earthly room)

1 Th 1:1  Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ…

2 Th 1:1  Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ…

Identical verses (written perhaps only weeks apart) stating the position of the Thessalonian Christians. Yes, of course, they are in Thessalonica; that’s why it says ‘to the church of the Thessalonians’ but it also says that they are ‘in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ’. Paul wasn’t just using up ink!

I can tell by looking out the window that I am in Armidale but I need faith eyes to see my position ‘in Christ’. Sometimes I struggle to remind myself of that which I cannot see…with my natural eyes. Yet, sometimes I ‘see’ what I can’t explain; the insignificance of possessions, striving, control, money, ambition, reputation, things. I cannot put it into words, though my heart pounds louder as that view gains strength.

What do we strive for daily? Isn’t it to put good food on the table, be well dressed, have a lovely secure home and a happy family, to abound in the material things we enjoy, to leave an inheritance?

Charles Spurgeon used these words in response to this (and I’m thankful for him for the words):

The Christian is well fed—he feeds upon the flesh and blood of Jesus; he is well clothed—he wears the imputed righteousness of Christ; he is well housed—he dwells in God; he is well married—his soul is knit in bonds of marriage to Christ; he is well provided for—for the Lord is his Shepherd; he is well endowed—for heaven is his inheritance. It is well with the righteous—well upon divine authority; the mouth of God speaks the comforting assurance.

May our spiritual sight gain strength. Amen.

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