“Enlarge and purify the mansions of our souls that they may be fit habitations for Thy Spirit, who dost prefer before all temples the upright heart and pure. Amen.”
“”From vanishing point to the vanishing point.” The mind looks backward in time till the dim past vanishes, then turns and looks into the future till thought and imagination collapse from exhaustion; and God is at both points, unaffected by either.”
Because God never had a beginning and will never have an end, He is outside of the concept of time. Timeless being is something that is so foreign and inconceivable to our seasoned minds.
The concept of time, the succession of consecutive changes, begins and ends in the eternity of the Almighty. The Father has lived everything that has already happened and everything that will happen. He sees the beginning and the end all at the same time.
What transformation would take place if we lived with this eternal perspective that was removed from the confines of time. The intellectual confines, the impatient confines, the mysterious and frustrating confines of time. What security and confidence is found in seeing the future, the past, and the present in one big picture. There’s such a transformation in how we address the present when we take into consideration what will take place (or rather, what has already taken place) in the future.
The prophets and the apostles lived out of this eternal perspective with a knowing that cannot be found in the limited sight of time. I believe that the Holy Spirit wishes to initiate the growth of an eternal perspective in the hearts of man by the gift of prophecy. The encouragement of prophecy pushes us outside of our current perspective, giving insight to potential and desire in light of eternity.
From everlasting to everlasting, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Teach us to number our days, our seconds, our hours, and let not the knowledge of Your eternal nature be wasted on me in my moment.
Tozer writes, “We who live in this nervous age would be wise to meditate on our lives and our days long and often before the face of God and on the edge of eternity. For we are made for eternity as certainly as we are made for time, and as responsible moral beings we must deal with both.”
There is a tragic tension in being made for eternity and living in time. There are all sorts of obstacles of our intellect that we must overcome in our perspective shift. However, the first and most important obstacle of our heart comes with good reason, for it’s at the junction of God’s eternity and man’s mortality that we are confronted with the decision: Jesus or eternal tragedy.
You have set eternity in our hearts. Let us set our affections on and keep them set on the things above; that of eternal substance. It’s time that we grow in the knowledge of God and have a dramatic perspective shift. Its time that we learn how to operate from our joint seating with Christ in the heavenly realms as we live and breathe on this earth. Its time to get a high vision.
Jesus reigns forever. From vanishing point to vanishing point…